65 killed, 330,000 left homeless in Niger floods

NIAMEY, Niger (AFP) — Three months of pounding rain in Niger has left 65 people dead and affected nearly 330,000, while several areas of the capital Niamey remain underwater, the government said. The ministry of humanitarian action and disaster management told AFP on Tuesday that as of September 7, 51 people had died when their home collapsed in the floods, and 14 had drowned. The worst-affected regions are Maradi in the central south of the […]

Sudan flood death toll rises to 89

KHARTOUM, Sudan (AFP) — Floods in Sudan caused by more than a month of torrential rains have killed 89 people and injured 44, according to a new toll announced by the civil defence Monday. A total of 37,249 homes and 150 public buildings have been destroyed by the flooding, Sudan’s civil defense organisation added in a statement. Heavy rains usually fall in Sudan from June to October, and the country faces severe flooding every year. […]

DR Congo declares end to deadly measles epidemic

KINSHASA, DR Congo (AFP) — The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) on Tuesday declared the end of a 25-month outbreak of measles that claimed the lives of more than 7,000 children aged under five. The outbreak was countered by vaccination on a massive scale, in which millions of children and infants were immunized. “For the past month, we are able to say that this epidemic has been eliminated from across our territory,” Health Minister Eteni […]

Ebola cases climb to 100 in latest DR Congo outbreak

KINSHASA, DR Congo (AFP) — One hundred cases of Ebola have been recorded in DR Congo’s northwest in less than three months, the World Health Organization (WHO) said Thursday as it warned the response to the epidemic is underfunded. The outbreak was reported in Equateur province on June 1, just as the country was preparing to declare an end to a separate Ebola epidemic in the east that claimed over 2,000 lives. The latest outbreak […]

Mali opposition offers backing to coup leaders

by Serge Daniel and Malick Konate BAMAKO, Mali (AFP) — Army colonel Assimi Goita on Wednesday introduced himself as Mali’s new military strongman a day after a coup that was condemned by the international community but won support from the country’s opposition. The African Union, European Union, the United States and the UN Security Council have all demanded the junta free President Ibrahim Boubacar, Prime Minister Boubou Cisse and others taken captive in Tuesday’s coup […]

Mali president announces resignation after military coup

by Serge Daniel and Malick Konate BAMAKO, Mali (AFP) — Mali’s president said he was resigning to avoid “bloodshed” early Wednesday, hours after his arrest by troops in a sudden coup that followed a months-long political crisis in the fragile West African nation. Rebel soldiers detained Ibrahim Boubacar Keita and Prime Minister Boubou Cisse on Tuesday afternoon and drove the pair to a military base in the town of Kati, near the capital Bamako, which […]

Rebel soldiers holding Mali president, PM: govt official

BAMAKO, Mali (AFP) — Mali’s President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita and Prime Minister Boubou Cisse are both being held by rebel soldiers, a senior government official confirmed to AFP on Tuesday. “The prime minister and the president were driven by rebel soldiers to Kati in armored vehicles,” said Boubou Doucoure, who works as Cisse’s director of communications. He added that both men were now at Kati, a town near the capital Bamako which hosts an important […]

Floods in Sudan kill 63 since July: interior ministry

  KHARTOUM, Sudan (AFP) — Sudan on Sunday said floods caused by torrential rains have killed 63 people since July, with thousands more forced from their homes by the seasonal storms. Over 14,000 homes and 119 public buildings were destroyed, while more than 16,000 homes have been badly damaged, government civil defence organisations calculate, according to a statement from the interior ministry. Heavy rains usually fall in Sudan from June to October, and Sudan faces […]

33 dead in Niger floods

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast(AFP) —  Thirty-three people in Niger have died and more than 80,000 have been affected by floods caused by heavy rains, the country’s emergency services said on Thursday. The worst-hit regions are Maradi in south-central Niger, Tahoua and Tillaberi in the west, and Dosso in the southwest. Rice, clothing, mats, blankets, and soap are being distributed to victims, emergency officials said. The Niger River and other waterways have burst their banks, and further […]

6.0 magnitude quake strikes off Tanzania: USGS

NAIROBI, Kenya (AFP) — A shallow 6.0 magnitude earthquake struck southeast of the Tanzanian financial centre of Dar es Salaam late Wednesday, the US Geological Survey (USGS) said. The offshore quake struck at a depth of 15.5 kilometers (9.6 miles) just after 8 pm (1700 GMT) local time. The epicenter was 66 kilometers southeast of Vikindu, USGS said. Vikindu is just outside Dar es Salaam. There were no immediate reports of damage, but the tremor […]

Sudan rains and floods claim 20 more lives

KHARTOUM, Sudan (AFP) — At least 20 people were killed and 13 others wounded Sunday in torrential rains and flooding, the latest victims of days of flooding in Sudan, the civil defence said. Heavy rains typically hit Sudan between June and October each year, and this week the country has been badly battered by the downpour. “20 people have died and 13 have been injured while 345 houses were destroyed or badly damaged” across the […]

Over a million COVID-19 cases in Africa: AFP count

  JOHNANNESBURG, South Africa (AFP) — The number of COVID-19 cases in Africa has risen to over one million, with more than half registered in South Africa, according to an AFP count late Thursday. The continent’s worst-hit nation has registered 538,184 infections, including over 8,000 new cases on Thursday, and 9,604 deaths. Egypt has recorded around 95,000 COVID-19 cases while the figure in Nigeria is 45,000. South Africa’s infection figures are the fifth-highest after the […]