Côte d’Ivoire – at Least 18 Killed in Abidjan Floods

At least 18 people have died in flooding in the department of Abidjan in the Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast).

The Country’s National Civil Protection Office (ONPC) said that heavy rainfall that began during the evening of 18 June 2018 resulted in flooding that caused at least 18 deaths and severe material damage. As of 19 June, 115 people had been rescued from the floods and provided with shelter by authorities.

Local media said that deaths occurred in Riviera Allabra, Riviera Palmeraie, Mossikro and Paillet. Other affected districts include Yopougon and Ananeraie.

After calling a Crisis Committee meeting the government announced that it will work with local governments to ensure the safety of residents in affected areas. The government also gave out emergency telephone contact numbers.The Prime Minister, Amadou Gon Coulibaly, called on people to be vigilant and cautious.

Emergency telephone numbers for flooding in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. Image: Government of Côte d’Ivoire
Flooding in Abidjan, 19 June, 2018. Photo: Government of Côte d’Ivoire

Rainfall totals were unavailable for Abidjan as of 19 June, although local media said that around a week’s worth of rain fell in 4 hours. According to WMO figures, Adiaké, a town about 75 km east of Abidjan, recorded 113 mm of rain in 24 hours to 19 January, 2018.

The meteorological department in Côte d’Ivoire has issued a red alert and said heavy rain is likely to continue into the coming days bringing a high risk of further flooding.

Heavy rainfall in the Abidjan between 10 and 11 May caused severe flooding, wreaking havoc on the city’s streets, leaving over 30 vehicles trapped and 2 people dead.

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Flood Summary

Last updated: July 6, 2021
Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana, June 2018
June 18 to June 30, 2018
Urban flood, Flash flood
Extreme rainfall


A - Riviera Palmeraie (Cote d'Ivoire)
B - Mossikro (Cote d'Ivoire)
C - Paillet (Cote d'Ivoire)
D - Yopougon (Cote d'Ivoire)
E - Ananeraie (Cote d'Ivoire)
F - Odawna (Ghana)
G - Dome (Ghana)
H - Kissieman (Ghana)
I - Kwabenya (Ghana)
J - Tema (Ghana)


Rainfall level
113 mm in 24 hours
Adiaké, Côte d'Ivoire - June 18 to June 19, 2018
WMO figures. No figures available for Abidjan.
Rainfall level
54 mm in 24 hours
San-Pédro City, Côte d'Ivoire - June 18 to June 19, 2018
Rainfall level
98 mm in 24 hours
Tabou, Côte d'Ivoire - June 18 to June 19, 2018


19 people
Abidjan Department, Côte d'Ivoire - June 18 to June 20, 2018
7 people
Greater Accra, Ghana - June 18 to June 20, 2018
According to local media reports.