Floods in Senegal: one death in Dakar

In Senegal, severe flooding shook the country on Friday, August 5, killing one person in Dakar. With more than 126 millimeters of rain falling in the capital, the National Emergency Response Organization (ORSEC) plan was then triggered.

as reported from Dakar, Thea Olivier

A man died on Friday, August 5, on Dakar’s western corniche, which was flooded all afternoon, according to the Ministry of the Interior. One tunnel in particular was found under water, which enclosed several vehicles.

Many roads were flooded and traffic jams blocked the city until late in the evening. Submerged cars, flooded shops, houses with their feet in the water… the damage and material damage suffered by the inhabitants is numerous.

Power outages due to the flooding of the distribution network have also been observed in several districts of Dakar, such as Darou Salam Grand, Arafat, Les Mamelles or the Renaissance monument, according to the Senegalese company d electricity, (Senelec).

Triggering of the ORSEC plan throughout the national territory following the heavy rain recorded on Friday, August 5, 2022. pic.twitter.com/sMdFtOOygL

— Ministry of the Interior of Senegal (@Min_Interieur) August 5, 2022 La Sen’eau, the company responsible for the exploitation and distribution of drinking water, also informed that the point B plant was closed on Friday, early evening, to ” prevent mechanical damage and electrical dangers”. The plant is always shut down in order to evacuate the water, which causes disturbances, ranging from a drop in pressure to a complete lack of water.

If the rain has stopped for the moment in Dakar, thunderstorms and showers are expected for the rest of the weekend.

Significant damage in the coastal town of Ngor It is not only the center of Dakar that has been badly affected by these floods. The periphery has suffered a lot. Pikine, Guédiawaye but also the coastal town of Ngor, whose traditional village was particularly affected. Many were trapped by the rising water.

There are houses that have fallen, the pipes have overflowed everywhere, all the streets are covered in mud because the streets are not paved. There is no tar anywhere, which really creates a lot of damage.

Elhajd Oumar Seye, municipal councilor in Ngor, responsible for the environment

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