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Ivory Coast: Torrential rains continue in Abidjan June 14 /update 1

Weeks of heavy rain results in significant flooding and damage in various districts of the capital Abidjan

TIMEFRAME expected from 6/14/2017, 12:00 AM until 6/18/2017, 11:59 PM (Africa/Abidjan). COUNTRY/REGION Ivory Coast

Event

Torrential rain has battered the capital Abidjan since late May, resulting in severe flooding in several residential neighborhoods. As of Wednesday, June 14, this flooding has caused at least eight deaths as well as significant damage. The Adjamé, Yopougon, Attécoubé, Abobo, and Cocody districts are the most affected areas; 24.5 cm (9.6 in) was reported in the Attécoubé district June 10-11 alone. On June 13, a bridge linking the towns of San Pedro and Grand Béréby (located at the entrance of the Djirognépahio area) collapsed, resulting in traffic disruptions. Continued rain and subsequent flooding is likely in the coming days, along with associated traffic disruptions. Furthermore, due to inadequate construction standards, building collapses are a concern.

Context

Torrential rain is common in the south of the Ivory Coast, including in Abidjan, during the rainy season (May to November) and can result in major transportation disruptions. This rain often results in flooding (e.g. along the banks of the Bandama River) as well as mudslides and road closures. In July 2015, there were 15 deaths in Abidjan caused by floods.

Advice

Individuals present in Abidjan are advised to follow all instructions issued by local authorities (e.g. possible evacuation orders), avoid poorer neighborhoods due to infrastructural concerns, and allow for additional travel time. Remember that driving or walking through running water can be dangerous; 15 cm (6 in) of running water is enough to knock an adult over.

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