Torrential Rains in Abidjan Result in 11 Fatalities, 7 Injuries, and Several Missing


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Torrential rains wreaked havoc in Abidjan, the economic capital of Cote d’Ivoire, claiming the lives of at least 11 people last week, according to authorities.


Myss Belmonde Dogo, the minister of National Cohesion, Solidarity, and the Fight against Poverty, provided a grim assessment, stating that 11 victims have been confirmed dead and identified, with several others yet to be identified.

Additionally, seven individuals sustained injuries and are receiving medical attention.

The minister emphasized the severity of the situation, describing the provisional death toll as significant.

He assured that the government is actively mobilizing resources to extend assistance to affected families in the coming week.


Torrential rains in Ivory Coast
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The torrential downpours, which occurred between Thursday and Saturday, submerged various parts of Abidjan and other areas across Cote d’Ivoire.

Rescue operations successfully saved over 300 people, while 18 others were evacuated to health facilities for urgent medical care.

Local media reports indicate that this year’s rainy season in Cote d’Ivoire has been particularly intense, peaking in June.

The ongoing heavy rains have caused widespread flooding in several regions, exacerbating the humanitarian challenges faced by communities already grappling with the aftermath of the natural disaster.


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