5 dead in Abidjan after heavy rains

5 dead in Abidjan after heavy rains
5 dead in Abidjan after heavy rains

Five people died in landslides or due to rising waters after very heavy rains Thursday afternoon in Abidjan, firefighters announced Friday.

“The rains of Thursday June 13, 2024 caused rising water levels and landslides in certain municipalities in the Abidjan district. The results this (Friday) morning at 8:00 a.m. (GMT and local) are 5 deaths and 17 evacuees” in hospitals, their press release indicates.

Most municipalities in the Ivorian capital are affected and many roads were cut by rising waters Thursday afternoon. Precipitation was particularly heavy and approximately four times higher than normal. In 24 hours, 214 mm of rain fell in the commune of Yopougon, and 205 in that of Cocody, according to the Ivorian meteorological agency Sodexam, or a quarter of the precipitation expected over the entire three months of the rainy season ( May-June-July), in a single day. The “normal” threshold defined is 50mm in 24 hours, adds Sodexam.

By Friday morning, the water had generally receded and lighter rain was forecast for the rest of the day. Torrential rains followed by devastating floods are recurrent in the largest Ivorian city where nearly six million inhabitants live.

Precarious constructions in flood-prone areas, inhabited by poor populations, are legion in this continuously growing metropolis, even if the government launched this year a vast sanitation policy destroying many informal neighborhoods. Last year, at least 30 people died in incidents linked to heavy rains, recalls L’Orient le jour.

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