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At least 12 people have been killed and more than 36,000 made homeless in Niger due to flooding caused by heavy seasonal rainfall. Floods are an annually recurring problem in the West African country during the rainy season when overflowing streams and rivers sweep away homes and destroy crops, leaving victims without shelter and creating food shortages later on. In a statement, the office of Niger’s prime minister said, “Heavy precipitation recorded in six regions caused flooding and serious damage.” Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, citing government figures, said that 36,441 people had lost their homes in the floods.

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