Djibouti

Flooded Djibouti
Nine people have died in floods in Djibouti City, capital of Djibouti, after almost a year's worth of rain fell in 2 days. The Government of Djibouti has declared a state of emergency.

News and information agency Agence Djiboutienne d'Information (ADI) said that 140 mm of rain fell in 48 hours to 21 November, 2019. According to WMO figures, average yearly rainfall in the city is around 164 mm.

Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (DG ECHO) reported that 9 people have died and 30,000 families have been affected. Flooding has damaged buildings and infrastructure. According to ADI, fatalities include five members of the same family who died when their house collapsed during the heavy rain. The tragedy occurred in Balbala, a southern suburb of Djibouti City, located west of the river Ambouli.

The European Union activated its Copernicus emergency mapping service and one delineation map has already been produced. A DG ECHO regional rapid response expert has been deployed to Djibouti.



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