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Overview: Impact of floods - West and Central Africa, 15 September 2012

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  • More than 1.5 million people affected by floods in 13 countries from West and Central Africa

  • As of 15 September the number of deaths is estimated at 340, mainly in Niger and Nigeria

More than 1.5 million people affected by the floods

According to data collected to date, more than one and a half million people were affected by heavy rains that fell on West and Central Africa the months of July and August 2012. Niger, Chad, Senegal and Nigeria together account for more than 90 per cent of identified affected people.

In these four countries, damages were also paramount. According to preliminary estimates, more than 11 400 homes were destroyed or damaged in Senegal. In Chad this figure rises to more than 94 000 while in Niger, initial assessments indicate more than 24 000 houses destroyed. Agricultural lands and infrastructures were also damaged.

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