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lkk    Côte d’Ivoire   

Côte d'Ivoire is a West African country with beach resorts, rainforests and a French-colonial legacy. Abidjan, on the Atlantic coast, is the country’s major urban center. Its modern landmarks include zigguratlike, concrete La Pyramide and St. Paul's Cathedral, a swooping structure tethered to a massive cross. North of the central business district, Banco National Park is a rainforest preserve with hiking trails. ― Google

Capital: Yamoussoukro

Dialing code: +225

President: Alassane Ouattara

Currency: West African CFA franc

Population: 26.38 million (2020) World Bank

Continent: Africa

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Abidjan, Ivory Coast - Heavy rainfall reaching 180 mm within a 24-hour period has resulted in devastating flooding and landslides in Abidjan, the economic capital of Côte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast). Tragically, at least five individuals have lost their lives due to the severe weather conditions.

According to data provided by the country's meteorological agency, Sodexam, Yopougon experienced rainfall exceeding 180 mm, while Sassandra recorded 243 mm of rainfall within the same 24-hour period ending on 11 June 2023. Adiake saw 171 mm of rain, while San Pedro was drenched with 201 mm of rainfall during the same time frame.

The government confirmed that a landslide occurred in the district of Yopougon Bel Air, resulting in severe damage to multiple buildings and the complete destruction of one structure. Tragically, a family of five lost their lives as a result of the landslide.

In addition to the landslide, heavy rainfall caused significant flooding in various parts of Abidjan and its surrounding areas. Sikensi, located approximately 80 km north of Abidjan, experienced flooding in the Sikensi Department, leading to damage to homes and bridges. Roads were also rendered impassable in the municipalities of Yopougon and Songon, resulting in the isolation of certain communities.

It is worth noting that many communities in Abidjan reside in areas that are highly susceptible to flooding and landslides. June traditionally sees the highest levels of rainfall throughout the year, and further heavy rain was expected. In response, the Minister for Health, Bouaké Fofana, issued a statement on 11 June 2023, urging individuals residing in high-risk areas to evacuate. The Minister emphasized the importance of prioritizing life over property, stating, "What we ask of you in this rainy weather is to leave your home. You need to be aware of the danger. There is nothing dearer than life."

Last year, the city of Abidjan witnessed a similarly tragic event during June when heavy rainfall led to flooding and landslides, claiming the lives of approximately 12 individuals. Specifically, flooding and landslides occurred on 16 June and again on 20 June 2022.

Authorities are actively responding to the current situation, providing support and assistance to those affected by the flooding and landslides. Efforts are underway to mitigate the immediate risks and ensure the safety and well-being of the affected population.

As heavy rainfall persists, it is crucial for residents to heed evacuation warnings and adhere to safety guidelines issued by the government and relevant authorities. The situation continues to be monitored closely, and updates will be provided as necessary.

This news report will be updated as more information becomes available.

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