At least one person was killed and one severely wounded after torrential rain caused intense flooding in Senegal’s capital, Dakar, on Friday, a police officer said.
Rain typically falls in intense bursts during Senegal’s rainy season, which runs from July to October. Flooding is a regular occurrence during this period in Dakar. Senegal is a semi-arid country where sandy roads and flat-roofed houses are poorly equipped for rain.
Downpours have been particularly strong in recent weeks.
Similar scenes unfolded in Dakar on July 20, when 84 millimeters (3.3 inches) of rain were recorded in the space of two hours, according to the national civil aviation and meteorological agency (ANACIM).
On Friday, 126 millimeters of rain fell between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Rainfall qualifies as “extreme” when it surpasses 50 millimeters, ANACIM says