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Summer of Victories 2019

 

Abidjan Flooding: At Least 18 Killed in Ivory Coast

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The flooding that hit the Ivory Coast's commercial capital of Abidjan on Tuesday killed at least 18 people after intense rainfall overnight, authorities announced.

Abidjan

A rushing flood of brown water struck the tropical, lagoon-side city of about 5 million people in the early hours, carrying away cars, destroying homes and leaving hundreds stranded.

The government said 18 people died, in a provisional toll posted on its website. Another 115 people had been rescued and taken to shelters.

"I broke the ceiling and called my neighbour for help. He came to bring the children out of the roof," said Kadidiatou Diallo, standing in the ruined bedroom of her home in the Palmeraie district.

Ivory Coast, the world's top cocoa producer and Francophone West Africa's largest economy, is in the middle of its rainy season and meteorologists have forecast heavy rains until late June.

Source: News Agencies, Edited by website team

 

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