Torrential rains in Abidjan claim 11 lives, 7 injured, many missing

No fewer than 11 people were killed in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire’s economic capital in torrential rains a week ago, authorities said.

“The provisional report shows 11 victims dead and identified, several others not yet identified and seven injured noted and taken into account,” said Myss Belmonde Dogo, the minister of National Cohesion, Solidarity and the Fight against Poverty.

The provisional toll “is already heavy,” he said, adding that the government is mobilising resources to provide support to the affected families next week.

Between Thursday and Saturday, torrential rains fell on several localities in Cote d’Ivoire, including Abidjan, where several neighbourhoods were underwater, over 300 people were taken to safety and 18 others were evacuated to health centres.

Cote d’Ivoire has been experiencing a long rainy season this year, with the peak in June, according to local media reports.

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