Senegal houses collapse after heavy rain

2012-08-14 16:55
(File, AFP)

(File, AFP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Dakar - Six people and a baby died early on Tuesday as heavy rains pounded the Senegalese capital Dakar, causing partial home collapses, the national fire brigade said.

Colonel Alioune Ndiaye said the fire department arrived in the suburb of Yarakh in the east of Dakar at 05:00 (local and GMT) at a wooden home where a wall collapsed, leaving six people dead and four seriously injured.

About two hours earlier, another wall collapsed in a home in the northern suburb of Grand-Medine.

"The wall fell on a woman who was sleeping with her baby. She let go of the child to protect herself and the baby drowned" in the rising rainwater, Ndiaye said.

He said the collapses were most likely due to waterlogging of the poorly built structures.

Senegal is at the height of its annual rainy season.

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
Read more on:    senegal  |  weather  |  west africa  |  floods
NEXT ON NEWS24X publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


Rugby World Cup 2015

All the action from the 2015 RWC, including live coverage of all 48 matches, breaking news, fixtures, results, logs - and much more!


Rugby World Cup 2015

6 reasons Boks won’t botch it
Fiji far too strong for Uruguay
Burger hopes for elusive World Cup win
As it happened: Fiji 47-15 Uruguay
Traffic Alerts

Relationships and significant connections may play an important role in your day today. Let the warmth of the Leo moon inspire more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.