Flooding caused by the heaviest rains in two decades have left 13 people dead and 7,000 homeless, the minister of animal and water resources said Saturday.

Boukar Ousmane, giving reporters an estimate of damage from rains that have drenched most of the Sa-hel, also said more than 610 miles of roads were impassable and that the flooding washed out an unknown number of bridges.He said the water covered about 250,000 acres of land and killed at least 15,000 animals, including goats, cattle and sheep.