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Flooding, said to be Nigeria's worst in decades, has led a diverse array of animals, some dangerous, to invade inundated homes.
The flooding, which has killed hundreds of people, and forced hundreds of thousands to flee, has also displaced wildlife, such as hippopotamuses, crocodiles and poisonous snakes. Some have found their way into flooded, abandoned buildings, the BBC News website said on Wednesday.
One Benue state resident told BBC, "there is a hippopotamus in [my] house. I hope that when it is tired, it will leave my home."
People in flooded areas were being warned against returning to their homes, owing to the danger posed by "dangerous animals."
Seasonal rains across the Sahel of central and west Africa have been unusually heavy. Senegal, Niger and Cameroon, as well as Nigeria, have reported flooding, some serious, beginning in July.
Flooding has hit Nigeria's major rivers, namely the Niger and the Benue, unusually hard.
Farmland has been devastated.
The region's rainy season is centered upon the summer months.
An eastern Nigeria reach of the lower Benue River, grossly swollen by abnormal summer rains in 2012. Satellite image dated Sept. 8. (NASA/Earth Observatory)
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