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Deadly flood hits Ivory Coast

Hundreds have been forced to leave their homes due to severe flooding in economic capital, Abidjan.

Abidjan

At least 15 people have died and hundreds have been forced to leave their homes due to severe flooding in Ivory Coast's economic capital, Abidjan, the country's interior minister said.

"Torrential rains triggered severe flooding across Abidjan yesterday night and killed 15 people, washed away houses and displaced hundreds of families," Sidiki Diakite told journalists on Tuesday.

About 115 people have been rescued and are in shelter.

"I broke the ceiling and called my neighbour for help. He came to bring the children out of the roof," said Kadidiatou Diallo, one of the survivors.

Emergency agencies continued search for more casualties on Tuesday, as the heavy rains persisted, the minister said.

Armed forces were deployed to assist the rescue teams, Coulibaly added.

Many roads in Abidjan remained flooded on Tuesday, with sinkholes forming beneath some streets.

Several days of heavy rain and subsequent flooding left seven people dead in Abidjan in 2017.

Ivory Coast is in the middle of its rainy season and meteorologists have forecast heavy rains until late June.


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