5 people killed after heavy rains hit capital Conakry, Guinea

5 people killed after heavy rains hit capital Conakry, Guinea

At least 5 people were killed after first heavy rains of the season hit capital Conakry, Guinea on May 17 and 18, 2019.

Locals said the flooding was caused by huge amounts of trash blocking drainage channels, in some areas of Dabondy, where 5 people died, up to 2 m (6.5 feet) high.

According to AfricaGuinee, communal authorities accused the victims of being responsible for their misfortune. Locals, however, said garbage trucks didn't collect trash for over two months and asked the state to help them.

Images courtesy Office of the Mayor of Matoto

Residents fear other parts of the capital will suffer the same fate due to clogged drainage channels, especially in some Bonfi neighborhoods.

AfricaGuinee said one of their reporters went to different parts of the city and found clogged channels and even some houses built on gutters that should serve as drainage.

Some areas of the city have been cleaned since then and some homes demolished.

Featured image: Office of the Mayor of Matoto

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