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World Chad: Ndjamena lives in the fear of heavy rains

11:40  17 august  2022
11:40  17 august  2022 Source:   rfi.fr

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Une partie du quartier Amtoukiou a été inondé après de fortes pluies, à Ndjamena, Tchad, le 2 août 2022. © Aurélie Bazzara-Kibangula / RFI Part of the Amtoukiou district was flooded after heavy rains, in Ndjamena, Chad, August 2, 2022.

The rainy season Has started for several weeks in Chad. Torrential showers and floods hit the country. No official assessment to determine the number of victims has been drawn up at the moment. An interministerial meeting was held last week to try to find solutions. In the meantime, in Ndjamena, the inhabitants live in the fear of heavy rains.

With our correspondent in Ndjamena, Aurélie Bazzara-Kibangula

in the El-Gazas district, the inhabitants live their feet in the water. Tongs in hand and rolled up pants, Haroune walks the flooded streets. "We can't drive!" It is impossible, water exceeds knees , ”he comments. His house is also in the water. He had to evacuate his family. “If there are other rains, the house will fall. We are in risk, ”says Haroune.

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In the neighborhood, the inhabitants organize themselves, fearing new rains. Ibrahim Souleymane scans the sky, worried: "There are clouds, it is sure that he will rain from here in the evening. Water will further increase and destroy all districts. Here, we are bringing out the water with the pump ... "

a little further, Ahmat, he called on the young people in the neighborhood. His goal: to barricade his shop to prevent water from entering it. "We bring bins filled with sand, bags ... We need to compact everything to avoid large risks. You see, the cracks of the house? She also may collapse. We manage, we cannot cross our arms and wait, ”he explains.

in Ndjamena, at least 17,000 people have been affected by floods since the start of the rainy season, according to the United Nations.

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