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Niger orders closure of migrant camps after Sahara deaths

Niger on Friday ordered the "immediate" closure of migrant camps in the north of the country after 92 people, mostly women and children, died of thirst trying to cross the harsh Sahara desert. In a statement read on public television, the government also announced that all those involved in trafficking migrants, many of whom pass through northern Niger on their way to Algeria or Libya, would be identified and "severely punished".

Niger asks for foreign help for flood victims

Niger's government on Friday launched an appeal for "international solidarity" to help victims of recent floods that claimed more than two dozen lives and forced 75,000 people from their homes. "The floods caused the loss of 26 human lives, affected 75,347 people, 13,000 hectares (more than 32,000 acres) of destroyed crops and damage estimated at 32 billion CFA francs (48.8 million euros / $64 million)," said a statement from the office of Prime Minister Brigi Rafini.
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