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At least 18 dead in Ivory Coast floods

Sun Online Desk     20th June, 2018 09:36:51 printer

At least 18 dead in Ivory Coast floods


At least 18 people have been killed by flooding in Ivory Coast's commercial capital Abidjan on Tuesday after intense rainfall, authorities said.


A rushing flood of brown water struck the tropical, lagoon-side city of about five million people in the early hours on Tuesday morning, carrying away cars, destroying homes and leaving hundreds stranded.


The government of the west African country said 18 people had died, in a provisional toll posted on its website. Another 115 people had been rescued and taken to shelters.


"I broke the ceiling and called my neighbour for help. He came to bring the children out of the roof," said Kadidiatou Diallo, standing in the ruined bedroom of her home in the Palmeraie district.


Ivory Coast, the world's top cocoa producer and Francophone west Africa's largest economy, is in the middle of its rainy season and meteorologists have forecast heavy rains until late June, reports SBS news.