According to media reports, flooding has caused significant overland travel disruptions in several of Dakar's suburbs as of Tuesday, July 28, following a week of heavy rains. Reports suggest that a number of homes in residential areas have been damaged and several main roads to local amenities and schools are currently blocked by floodwaters and debris. Further rain is to be expected throughout the current wet season, known as "hivernage", which runs from June to October.
Flooding, landslides, and transportation and business disruptions, as well as disruptions to power and communications services, are likely in Dakar and its suburbs in the coming days.
The June-October wet season in Senegal brings recurrent heavy rains and flooding to the country's Atlantic coast. Thousands of people are affected each year, despite efforts by the authorities to mitigate the impact of the anticipated heavy downpours and associated flooding on accommodation, transport infrastructure and commercial activity. In Dakar, the impoverished outer suburbs tend to be the hardest hit due to a lack of urban planning, crowded living spaces, and inadequate drainage. These areas are also prone to water-borne diseases during this period.
Those in the Dakar area are advised to monitor local weather reports in the near term, adhere to instructions issued by local authorities, anticipate power and transportation disruptions, and avoid wading or driving through floodwater.
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