Several districts in Ndjamena were under water after the torrential downpours that have fallen over the capital in recent days. No assessment of the damage has been communicated from the authorities, but a crisis meeting was held on Wednesday 3 August around Prime Minister Albert Pahimi Padacké. In the meantime, residents of certain arrondissements, particularly the 7th and 9th arrondissements, will have to cope.
In Amtoukiou district, residents have their feet in the water, noted our correspondent in Ndjamena, Aurélie Bazzara-Kibangula. With shovel in hand, Emmanuel tries, exhausted, to save his house. “Our house is completely destroyed and completely filled with water. I dig [pour évacuer l’eau].”
His neighbor, wet boubou on his back and feet in the mud, is desperate. His house just collapsed. ” I have nothing. Of the five rooms I had, I have two left and they are falling apart. My children sleep on a mat that we put in the middle of the yard. I don’t even have the words anymore. I lost everything!”
A little further on, Armand notices the damage to his house. “All the clothes, the sofas, are completely wet. The documents are unrecoverable, on the floor. Everything is swallowed up by water.”
Residents say they are worried because the rainy season has only just begun. Fatimé, she doesn’t lose her temper… “Every year it’s the same. The water is rising in our home. We are inundated and nothing is being done to improve things. I lost everything. They don’t bring us mats, blankets, mosquito nets or even tea. Nothing at all! It is as if we did not exist for the authorities.”
Ndjamena City Hall did not respond to our interview requests, but is ensuring that response plans are being put in place to help victims.
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Rural areas filled with water
Meanwhile, rural residents further north are rejoicing over these unusual downpours in the southern part of the country. Because they will flow the rivers again and therefore Lake Chad Basinwhich 40 million people depend on, as explained by the Secretary General of the Ministry of Urban and Rural Hydraulics, Mahamat Alifa Moussa.
“Lake Chad has lost 90% of its surface area while supporting more than 40 million people in its conventional basin. So this rain is crucial because it helps rebuild Lake Chad and the other rivers, and it allows also groundwater recharge. This abundant rain also enables seasonal rain-fed agriculture, which is the main activity of more than 78% of the Chadian population. This water is welcome!”