The report has made it known that Twenty-two people are dead and thousands have been left homeless in Niger after torrential rains caused heavy flooding, authorities said.

“As of August 6, 49 845 people have been affected… and unfortunately we have recorded 22 deaths,” Niger’s minister for humanitarian action, Laouan Magadji, told public television late on Wednesday.

The floods have destroyed more than 3 000 homes and nearly 4 000 hectares of crops, the minister said.

Livestock has also been lost and drinking water supplies have been affected.

The southern regions of Maradi and Diffa are among the worst hit, and some 2 000 people in the capital Niamey have been left homeless after heavy rains earlier this week, said the minister.

He said the government and charities have already distributed food, clothing and mosquito nets to those in need.

The deaths come after the United Nations aid chief raised alarm in June over a worsening food crisis in the Sahel region that has sent malnutrition rates skyrocketing to their worst level since 2012.

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