The people of Abidjan on Tuesday (29 June) started the long job of clearing damage caused by the city's worst floods of the current wet season.
GV Abidjan and flood waters (2 shots)
CU Water TILT TO lorry driving through
SV Women walking through flood water
SV Car drives past flooded building
GV & SV PAN Section of road missing caused by landslide (3 shots)
GV Traffic PAN TO SV Overturned car (2 shots)
CU ZOOM BACK Ducks swimming in water
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Background: The people of Abidjan on Tuesday (29 June) started the long job of clearing damage caused by the city's worst floods of the current wet season.
Torrential rains which fell in the worst downpour since the season began a month ago washed away roads and blocked traffic in many parts of the city. In other areas, vehicles sank up to their bonnets ant their occupants had to wade to safety.
Despite the damage to property and communications, however, no casualties have been reported so far. Last year, nine people died as a result of heavy rains in Abidjan and its suburbs.
SYNOPSIS: Abidjan is just starting to get back to normal after its worst floods in the Ivory Coast's current wet season. Many of the city's suburban roads were under water on Tuesday when the people began clearing up some of the damage after the three-day downpour. The Ivory Coast has an annual rainfall of about 125 inches, and most of it falls in the months of May, June, July and August.
Most of the people are used to the annual discomfort of the rains, but this year the lagoon road which connects the suburb of Cocody to the city had one section completely washed away in the downpour. The coastal areas of the country are particularly prone to flooding...not, as one would imagine, cause by the lagoons overflowing--but by the sheer volume of rain.
Many vehicles sank up to their bonnets in the flooding this year, and their owners had to wade to safety. Some cars were overturned in the swirling waters.
But despite the damage to property and communications, no casualties were reported. Last year, nine people died as a result of heavy rains.