Cameroon – Fatalities Reported After Heavy Rain and Floods in Douala

Floods affected several neighbourhoods in Cameroon‘s commercial and economic capital Douala after torrential rains from 11 August 2021.

Hundreds of homes were flooded and roads swamped, causing massive traffic disruption in the coastal city which is home to 2.7 million people.

Local media reported at least 3 people are thought to have died after the rain caused a building to collapse in the PK13 neighbourhood in Douala.

Douala recorded 186.0 mm of rain in 24 hours to 12 August. The high volume of rain overwhelmed the inadequate drainage system in the city. The city saw similar flooding after heavy rain in August last year.

The situation is worsened by the masses of plastic waste blocking rivers and drainage channels. Charity WasteAid recently embarked on a long-term project to help clear the city of plastic waste.

Plastic waste in a river bend in Douala, Cameroon. Photo: WasteAid

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