8 persons die, 386 people rescued as heavy rains cause devastation in Abidjan, buildings and cars destroyed


Source: Africa Publicity

At least eight persons have reportedly died in landslide and flood following nearly two days of heavy rains in Abidjan, Cote D’Ivoire.

Some 386 people have, however, been rescued. The rains started at 4:00pm on Thursday, June 13, and continued till around 8:00am on Saturday, June 15, 2024.

The rains caused severe damages to houses and cars as well as other properties in several suburbs of Abidjan. Top Ivorian actress and entrepreneur, Marie Paule Adje, had her car damaged due to flooding.

In a suburb called Attecoube, five people narrowly escaped death following a mudslide. One person, however was reportedly got trapped under the mud and there was efforts by residents to dig the mud to search for the victim.

A building in the popular business district, Adjame, collapsed due to the rains. There was no casualty in the building collapse.

The suburbs that were hit hard by the rains were: Yopougon, Rosier Program 5, Angre Petro-Ivoire Down, Carrefour 9 Kilos, Palmeraie St Viateur, Riviera 3 Allabra Reconciliation, and Bingerville.

A court complex believed to have been constructed with millions of FCFA was completely flooded.

Meanwhile, an Ivorian Minister, Ibrahim Bacongo Cisse, has urged Ivorians to help one another, saying “let’s stand in solidarity and help each through this difficult time. Take care and stay safe.”

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