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Dangerous Animals Flooded Into Nigerian Homes October 12, 2012
Flooded Nigerian street
“Snakes, crocodiles and hippos have been displaced and are ending up in people's homes.” — Bayelsa state adviser Tam Alazigha.
Hippos, crocodiles and other dangerous animals are being washed into central Nigerian homes by a flood disaster that has displaced about 10,000 people in scores of communities.

The wildlife is being transported into populated areas by rivers swollen from a month of torrential rainfall.

“There is now a hippopotamus in my house,” Benue state resident Wuese Jirake told reporters. “I hope that when it is tired, it may leave my home.”

Nigeria’s rainy season typically lasts from May to October, and this year’s has been especially wet.

Humans made homeless by the inundation are being forced to sleep in the streets and under bridges, and acute food shortages are soon likely to occur.

Photo: National Emergency Management Authority