Côte d'Ivoire: Floods - Jun 2018Ongoing
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)
Most read (last 30 days)
- WHO AFRO Outbreaks and Other Emergencies, Week 26: 23 - 29 June 2018 (Data as reported by 17:00; 29 June 2018)
- WHO AFRO Outbreaks and Other Emergencies, Week 25: 16 - 22 June 2018 (Data as reported by 17:00; 22 June 2018)
- Côte d’Ivoire: Floods - Emergency Plan of Action (EPoA) DREF n° MDRCI010
- West and Central Africa: Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot (19 - 25 June 2018)
- WHO AFRO Outbreaks and Other Emergencies, Week 27: 30 June - 06 July 2018 (Data as reported by 17:00; 06 June 2018)
The WHO Health Emergencies Programme is currently monitoring 57 events in the region. This week’s edition covers key ongoing events, including:
Rift Valley fever in Uganda
Ebola virus disease in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
Lassa fever in Liberia
Humanitarian crisis in South Sudan
Humanitarian crisis in north-east Nigeria.
For each of these events, a brief description, followed by public health measures implemented and an interpretation of the situation is provided.
Description of the disaster
On the night of 18 to 19 June 2018, stormy rainfall of unprecedented intensity fell on the Côte d’Ivoire capital, Abidjan and many other cities. Following this heavy downpour, several neighbourhoods in Abidjan and in country towns including Tiassalé, Toulepleu, Sanpedro registered significant material and human damage caused by ensuing floods and accompanying landslides in some high-risk areas. These landslides occurred in mainly illegal settlements and Government is taking steps to relocate residents.
This Weekly Bulletin focuses on selected acute public health emergencies occurring in the WHO African Region. The WHO Health Emergencies Programme is currently monitoring 57 events in the region. This week’s edition covers key ongoing events, including:
- Ebola virus disease in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
- Rift Valley fever in Kenya
- Cholera in Angola
- Cholera in Tanzania
Humanitarian crisis in Democratic Republic of the Congo.
La France assure la Côte d’Ivoire de sa solidarité suite aux pluies diluviennes qui ont fait de nombreuses victimes et causé d’importants dégâts à Abidjan depuis le 18 juin. Nous adressons nos condoléances aux familles des victimes décédées dans ces circonstances difficiles.
This Weekly Bulletin focuses on selected acute public health emergencies occurring in the WHO African Region. The WHO Health Emergencies Programme is currently monitoring 54 events in the region. This week’s edition covers key new and ongoing events, including:
Heavy rain has been affecting the country over the past few days, causing floods, casualties and damages. 113 mm of rain in 24 hours were recorded in Abidjan city over 18-19 June.
According to media reports, as of 20 June, 18 people have been killed and several houses have been damaged in the department of Abidjan.
Over the next 24 hours, moderate rain with local thunderstorms may continue to affect the country.