Flash flooding hit Conakry, the capital of Guinea, between 17 and 18 May, leaving at least 5 people dead after flood water caused a wall to collapse in Dabondy neighbourhood in the district of the city.
Heavy rain fell in the area from 17 May. However, local observers said the flooding was mainly caused by blocked drainage channels. Images on Social Media showed piles of garbage up to 2 metres deep strewn around areas of the Dabondy neighbourhood. Local media reported that many more areas of the city are at risk of similar flooding due to neglected or blocked drainage systems.
Local authorities have since embarked on work to clear the drainage channels. Officials from the Matoto mayor’s office said they had cleared out a 5 metre deep channel that had been clogged with waste for 10 years. Authorities have also demolished some houses that had been built on the drainage channels.
Prime Minister of Guinea, Ibrahima Kassory Fofana, visited affected areas on 19 May.
At least 4 people died in flash flooding in Conakry in late July 2015 after 450mm of rain fell over a 4 day period.
Mali and Ghana
Flash flooding hit other parts of West Africa over the last few days. At least 14 people died in Bamako, the capital of Mali, after flash flooding on 16 May, 2019. In circumstances similar to those in Conakry, local observers in Bamako blamed the flooding on blocked drainage channels.
Flooding also recently affected parts of Ghana, with deaths reported in Ashanti Region from 15 May, and in the capital Accra from 20 May. Accra’s poor and often blocked drainage systems are frequently blamed for flooding in the city.
— Chérif Fatoumata (@Fatiiche) May 20, 2019
Après les inondations qui ont coûté la vie à 5 personnes dans la nuit du 17 au 18 mai à Dabondy 3, un quartier populaire de #Conakry, les autorités ont lancé une opération de démolition des maisons construites sur le passage de l'eau. Sur place, la vie n'est pas facile. #Kibaro pic.twitter.com/cFDh6vkSUc
— LeDjely.com (@ledjely) May 22, 2019
— Nouhou Baldé (@Nouhoubalde) May 21, 2019
La Constitution du Grand Marché de Conakry sur le lieu de Rétention des eaux de ruissellement et les ordures ont causés l'inondation à Dabondy . pic.twitter.com/e5tVU9XMMG
— Amadou Kendouma Sow (@Amadoukendouma) May 20, 2019
En #Guinée, #Conakry est endeuillée par des #inondations meurtrières. Cinq enfants sont morts noyés à la suite de pluies diluviennes. Les dégâts matériels sont également conséquents.
Reportage dans le quartier de #Dabondy .
Toute l'info : https://t.co/4SZnPMKkSd pic.twitter.com/DtCvrIh8n0
— TV5MONDE Info (@TV5MONDEINFO) May 19, 2019