Niger River authorites place red alert on flooding in Benin and Nigeria

The Niger Basin Authority (NBA) issued a warning on Saturday of possible flooding in Benin and Nigeria, two countries downstream on the river, which is currently flooding in Niger.

“We appeal to all residents downstream (of the Niger River)… because the water keeps rising,” the NBA’s Soungalo Kone said late Saturday, speaking on Niger television.

The NBA has issued its second-highest alert level of orange, warning that further flooding is highly likely following months of heavy rain in Niger and Mali.

“It’s a question of hours to get to a red alert — the waters can rise very suddenly,” said Lawan Magadji, Niger’s minister of disaster management, speaking on local television.

Some of the homes at risk are located in the former bed of the Gountou-Yena river, which is now once again filling with water.

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