Powerful flash floods raced through streets in the city of Buea, the capital of the Southwest Region of Cameroon, on 18 March 2023.
Dozens of buildings and homes were destroyed or damaged, leaving families homeless. One person reportedly died after being dragged by flood water. A further five people were reported injured. The situation is still developing and authorities have yet to confirm any details or figures. Some local media sources said the death toll was much higher, while others reported at least 6 people were thought to be missing.
The city of around 300,000 inhabitants is situated on the eastern slopes of Mount Cameroon. Local observers said heavy rain on 18 March flowed down the steep slopes and into residential and business areas of the city. The city’s poor drainage infrastructure was unable to cope. Buea experienced flooding in similar circumstances in March 2020.
‘Buea town’ Market after the heavy floods
The floods followed heavy rains which poured in the city of #Buea, South West Region of %Cameroon this afternoon.
— Mimi Mefo Info (@MimiMefoInfo) March 18, 2023
— Maimo (@iam_Maimo) March 18, 2023
#Floods are becoming very rampant in #Cameroon. #Earlywarning systems, adequate drainage, and flood control infrastructure need to be put in place. Other basic measures such as cleaning drains and ensuring they are free of litter and blockage will definitely have weighty impact. pic.twitter.com/9D8R36Xs1e
— Rodrigue Jinyuy Birka (@Drigoo101) March 19, 2023
Fortes pluies, inondations et glissements de terrain à Buea.
Un mort confirmé 💔pic.twitter.com/LIIojZo7fp
— The Cameroonian 🇨🇲 (@TheCameroonianZ) March 18, 2023
— LE DURO 🇨🇲 (@LEDURO1) March 18, 2023