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Niger Reports 44 People Killed in Floods

FILE - A man carries his belongings to a boat during flooding in a district in Niamey, Niger, Sept. 5, 2013.

At least 44 people have been killed in floods caused by torrential rains this season in Niger.

Director General of Civil Protection and Disasters Colonel Aboubacar Bako said flooding has destroyed hundreds of homes since June near Niamey.

The United Nations warned in May that 106,000 people could be at risk of losing their homes.

Floods in 2016 killed 60 people and left thousands without homes in Niger.