Floods threaten Niger’s main rice crop: minister

Reuters: Floods could wipe out most of Niger's main rice harvest this year as rain-swollen rivers rose to 50-year highs across West Africa, spreading devastation, a regional official said. At least 81 people have been killed in Niger since annual rains caused flooding along the banks of the Niger River, raising its waters to their highest levels since the 1920s. The country and surrounding region are still struggling to overcome food shortages caused by poor rains last year. "In Niger ... most of......

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