Gaoua: Floods leave many homeless

The town of Gaoua woke up on Sunday September 17, 2023 to pouring rain from 5 a.m. to 11 a.m. This rain of 68.3mm caused a lot of damage with its share of victims in the Gbakono district and paralyzed road traffic on certain roads.

After early morning rain on Sunday September 17, 2023 in the South-West region, the town of Gaoua experienced cases of flooding. Several places in the city found themselves under water.

Road traffic was paralyzed on certain axes, notably the Gaoua-Diébougou road on National Route 12 for hours.

Houses collapsed after the passage of a large quantity of water. The occupants of these houses were surprised by the arrival of water after more than 5 hours of rain in Gaoua.

Several households are homeless in this district of sector 3 of Gaoua. Alerted, the municipal authorities went to the site to observe the damage and provide assistance to the victims.

The president of the special Gaoua delegation, Blaise Zongo, was delighted that this rain did not cause any loss of human life.

However, material damage was noted, notably the destruction of houses, the loss of certain utensils in the houses and other equipment.

The Municipal Council for Emergency Relief and Rehabilitation (CODESUR) has been contacted and assessments of the various damages are underway in order to take appropriate measures, indicated Blaise Zongo.

Same story for the regional director of Humanitarian Action in the South West, Ollé Kam, who said he came to the field to not only assess the situation, but also prepare the teams on the ground who will carry out the recording. disaster victims.

Preventive and support measures will be taken following the assessment of the damage for the benefit of the victims, he continued.

The Gaoua Meteorological Service says it recorded 68.3 mm of rain between 5 a.m. and 12 p.m.

Listen to the coordinator of the Gaoua meteorological station, Abdoul Kader Yaméogo “We recorded a rainfall of 68.3 millimeters for rain which started around 5:15 a.m. until around 12:00 p.m.,” while specifying that this rainfall is less than that recorded (more than 97.7 millimeters) on the day of September 2, 2023.

Before adding that the forecast from the National Meteorological Agency (ANAM) for the period of the week from September 17 to 24, 2023, had forecast normal rains with a tendency to excess.

Mr. Yaméogo urged the population to be more careful during this rainy season and especially those in flood-prone areas to be very careful.

Source: Burkina Information Agency

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