Sports: Climate change: Record rains ravage farms in West Africa

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Dans le Nord-Ouest du Nigéria, les fleuves et rivières ont quitté leurs lits. © Radeno Haniel/AFP in northwest Nigeria, rivers and rivers have left their beds. Flood - More than 300 people died and 100,000 moved in northern Nigeria

barefoot in the water, Adamu Garba tries to assess what he can save from his harvest. From his rice fields, there is not much left, destroyed by the violent rains which have been falling for months in the north of Nigeria . Thousands of agricultural farms and his have been ravaged this year by the monster floods that have hit Western Africa and Central Africa. By destroying harvests, these floods are likely to worsen the food crisis which affects these extremely poor regions, already struggling with the benefits of the war in Ukraine which exploded the price of fertilizers and food products.

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"It's excruciating, but there is nothing we can do, we just have to be strong," sighs the Nigerian farmer from his plot located on the outskirts of the city of Kano. Normally, his rice fields produce around 200 bags of rice. This season "I'm not sure I can harvest half-bag", he said, disappointed. "Thousands of farms have been destroyed," said Manzo Ezekiel, the spokesperson for the Nigerian Crisis Management Agency (NEMA).

"According to all our studies, we can link these rains to climate change"

in the northern Nigeria alone, the floods killed more than 300 people and led to the displacement of at least 100,000 people, according to the authorities . Even if part of Nigeria is subject to floods during the rainy season, this year is the worst recorded since 2012, where 363 people had perished and more than 2.1 million had been moved, the Nema said. "This assessment will still worsen, while torrential rains and floods continue," added the spokesperson. In mid-September, the rains had still not stopped.

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In Niger, a border country, the rains overwhelmed the river with the same name. The floods killed 159 people and affected more than 225,000, according to official figures. This rainy season is thus one of the most devastating that the Sahelian country has ever Coconnueau Chad Voisin, the UN estimates that more than 622,500 people were affected "at different levels" by floods in more than half of the country, including the capital N'Djamena.

"According to all our studies, we can link these rains to climate change," said the director general of national meteorology of the Niger , Katiellou Gaptia Lawan. Over the years, "the rains are becoming more and more intense and extreme precipitation is increasing," added the specialist. And the rains only get an already dramatic situation. The Chad already faced a serious food crisis, and the estimates that 5.5 million Chadians, a third of the population of the landlocked country, need urgent humanitarian aid. This is also the case in northern Nigeria, where more than a million children are threatened by hunger this year.

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