Niger floods and cholera claim 162 lives: UN

Posted: September 15, 2012 in Environment, Health, News
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The Extinction Protocol

September 14, 2012AFRICAFloods in Niger have killed 81 people since July, the UN Office for Humanitarian Affairs announced Thursday, adding cholera outbreaks have killed a further 81 people. “The last update of the toll of the floods dating from September 11 indicates that 527,471 people have been affected by the bad weather and 81 people have lost their lives,” OCHA said in a statement in Niamey. The previous toll established by the authorities was 68 dead and 485,000 people affected in the Sahel nation in West Africa. Thousands of homes, schools, health centres and mosques have been destroyed, along with large quantities of food supplies, according to the authorities. The UN office also reported outbreaks of cholera, which have claimed 81 lives since the start of the year, mainly in the west of the country.  Cholera is spreading fast in at least four places, making 3,854…

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