Skip to main content

Côte d'Ivoire: Floods - Jun 2018

Côte d'Ivoire
Disaster types

Heavy floods triggered by torrential rains on 18 June killed at least 18 people in the commercial capital Abidjan. Flood waters rose up to 2.5 metres high, inundating houses and destroying property across six neighbourhoods in the coastal city. Rescue teams saved 115 people. Several people were forced to seek refuge with other families. A few of them have returned to their homes. The authorities plan to demolish structures in flood-prone areas and compensate the owners. Deadly floods are common during the rainy season that runs from June to October. (OCHA, 25 Jun 2018)

As the peak of raining season is expected from July to August, quick actions must therefore be taken to reduce the potential impact of additional flood episodes and for those currently affected, to enable them to regain their dignity. (IFRC, 3 Jul 2018)

From 18 - 19 June 2018, almost all of Côte d’Ivoire suffered heavy rains which led to a great deal of material damage and loss of life. The resulting floods in several neighborhoods in Abidjan and other cities led to collapse of buildings and bridges. A total of 20 deaths has been reported in three cities (18 in Abidjan, 1 in Tiassalé, and 1 in Guibéroua). In the most affected district of Riviera in Abidjan, 115 wounded people were receiving care. A total of 136 people has also been reportedly rescued in affected areas by the rapid intervention system put in place.
An inter-ministerial crisis meeting under the leadership of the Prime Minister has been held to coordinate response to the event. (WHO, 06 Jul 2018)