24 August 2012

A City Submerged

News worthy places get play-by-play coverage during disasters . . . when tragedy strikes Niger it takes a few days to make it on the wire I guess.
Photo Courtesy of R.W.

This morning, The Guardian has posted a photo essay of the damage done when several dams up-river gave way and the banks of the Niger River swelled well beyond capacity.  After years of drought and famine . . . oh, excuse me, I mean 'Food Crisis' (have to be PC) . . . this rainy season was looking hopeful.  Until the other day.

Now the UN is saying 14,342 homes  have been destroyed by the floods.  Unlike the homes destroyed in NewOrleans, these mud-brick homes in Niamey have literally collapsed into puddles.  And there is no such thing as Disaster Insurance!

Two SIM properties were evacuated before their perimeter walls broke.  My friend B. teaches at Sahel Academy and just posted some 'Before and After' pics on her blog.  It is incredibly surreal to see this school under water . . . for those of you who have never been to Niger, these pictures will help you visualize the extent of the damage.  To see B.'s pics, click here.

Photo Courtesy of B.B.

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