At least 18 people have died in flash flooding that hit in and around the capital city of Abidjan in Côte d’Ivoire on Tuesday, according to emergency personnel.
Video from Côte d’Ivoire shared on social media appeared to show streets that turned into swollen and raging rivers, sweeping vehicles away and leaving muddy, debris-strewn and impassable roads in their wake. Some homes had clear structural damage, while other images showed residents wading through the floodwaters.
Prime Minister Amadou Gon Coulibaly issued a statement confirming the death toll, while appealing for calm and reassuring citizens that the government is supporting relief efforts. He also toured the hard-hit community of Attécoubé, about 10 kilometers to the southwest of Abidjan, and Bonoumin to express condolences to the victims there.
Authorities say more than 130 people were rescued from the rising waters, and at least two dozen were treated for injuries, most of them minor. Crews continued to assess the damages into Tuesday night, and some reports indicated the death toll was likely to rise.
Image: Government of Côte d’Ivoire