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Sudan floods kill 100, destroy villages: officials
By Ashraf Shazly
Kasala, Sudan (AFP) Aug 14, 2016

14 killed, 46,000 left homeless in Niger floods
Niamey (AFP) Aug 12, 2016 - At least 14 people have died in flooding in Niger since June with more than 46,000 left homeless after heavy rains, especially in arid desert regions, the government said Friday.

The figures update a previous toll given by the United Nations at the end of July, of 11 dead and 30,000 homeless.

Most of the victims and damage has been in the desert areas of Tahoua, in the west, and Agadez in the north.

"The floods in several locations of the country have led to 14 deaths, five injured and 46,296 disaster victims," according to a government statement read on official television.

Local authorities said several children, who had drowned or been crushed by collapsing buildings, were among the victims.

Niger authorities say they have sent food aid to those in need and that non-food aid is on its way.

More than 19,500 cows, goats, sheep and camels have also perished in the two worst-hit areas, as well as hundreds of acres of land devastated, the UN said at the end last month, citing local authority figures.

Niger is in the midst of its annual rainy season, having struggled to overcome a severe food crisis caused by drought.

In early June, the UN warned that flooding could affect 100,000 people in the poor desert country by the end of the year.

In 2015, as many as 103,000 people were left homeless by floods that claimed the lives of tens of victims.

Five dead, tens of thousands flee Philippine floods
Manila (AFP) Aug 14, 2016 - Five people have been killed in the Philippines and tens of thousands have fled from floods caused by days of unrelenting rain, rescuers said Sunday.

Civil defence officials warned residents of Manila and nearby provinces to expect more heavy seasonal rain over the coming days as more than 24,000 people sought refuge in schools and government buildings.

"We are expecting more low-lying areas to experience flooding," National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council spokeswoman Romina Marasigan told AFP.

"Those who are already in evacuation centres should stay there until the weather improves," she added.

Those evacuated include nearly 9,000 Manila residents displaced by flooding from the Marikina River on Saturday.

The council said three Manila slum residents were crushed to death Saturday by walls that collapsed in the floods.

A man drowned crossing a swift-flowing river on the central island of Panay on Wednesday, it said, while the authorities retrieved a body from a Manila canal on Friday -- the cause of death is under investigation.

A fisherman went missing at sea off the central island of Marinduque on Monday, while a man was injured by falling rocks at a highway east of Manila on Friday, it said.

In all, more than 70,000 people have had their houses swamped by floodwaters, the council said, though the majority of residents have remained at home.

The western section of the Philippines has been swamped by heavy rain over the past week, forcing the cancellation of some domestic commercial flights and the suspension of classes.

Thousands of houses have been destroyed and several villages submerged after flooding triggered by torrential rainfall killed 100 people across Sudan, officials and an AFP photographer said on Sunday.

Thousands of people in the impoverished eastern state of Kasala bordering Eritrea fled their homes after the river Gash burst its banks, flooding entire villages inhabited by farmers.

Many people were sheltering in makeshift grass huts on hilltops, after floodwaters also cut off the main highway between east Sudan and the capital Khartoum.

Villagers braved waist-high water as they looked for food, drinking water and medicines amid a shortage of supplies, the AFP photographer said as he toured two flood-hit villages near the provincial capital Kasala.

Many people, mostly children, were seen drinking muddy rain water.

"We had no time. We simply fled, taking our children when our village was flooded in the night two weeks ago," said Taha Mahmoud, chief of Makli village in Kasala.

"We lost all our food, belongings and livestock. We're living in miserable conditions in makeshift huts that won't withstand heavy rains."

"We are eating just one meal a day. Children are falling sick, and doctors are miles away."

Twenty-five people died in Kasala itself and around 8,000 houses have been destroyed since heavy rains lashed the state two weeks ago, the Sudanese Red Crescent Society said on Sunday.

At least 100 people were killed nationwide, it said.

- 'Everything has been destroyed' -

There was a similar scene in another Kasala village, Al-Mahmoudab, where all 250 houses and the local school were destroyed. Only the mosque was left standing.

Villagers were setting up a makeshift school under a tent so children could continue their lessons.

"We managed to rescue our children, but everything has been destroyed. We lost our entire stock of food, especially sorghum," said Saeedna Mussa, the imam of Al-Mahmoudab, of a staple food in Sudan.

Hundreds of people and vehicles were stranded on both sides of the highway that has been cut off, a local government official told AFP.

"Heavy rains have cut off the highway linking east Sudan with the capital. People on both sides are stranded," he said.

Authorities said water levels were also rising on the Blue Nile along the border with Ethiopia after continuous rainfall there.

The Blue Nile flows to Khartoum where it meets the White Nile and they become the Nile which flows into Egypt.

United Nations aid agencies had warned of the flood danger in Sudan between July and November.

The most affected states are Kassala, Sennar, South Kordofan, West Kordofan and North Darfur, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said on Wednesday.

It said heavy flooding since early June has affected more than 122,000 people and destroyed over 13,000 houses in many parts of the country.

A downpour in August 2013 was the worst to hit Khartoum in 25 years, and affected tens of thousands of people, the UN said.

Those floods killed about 50 people, mostly in the capital.

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