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OUagadougou, capital of Burkina-Faso has 1,5 millions of inhabitants.
The water supply of this city that grow each year depend on 3 weirs on the north of the city, separated by dyke-bridges.
And that's all...

The water of these reservoirs is used for the drink, the wash, irrigation for the vegetables...
The rain's season goes from june to september in the country. The rainy days are welcome to fill up the reservoirs for a year.

But, this Tuesday, it rained too much ! Indeed, during 10 hours 260 mm of water has fallen on the city and its area. Never seen since 1919 !
The weirs have overflow, as the little rivers and canals... the city is just a big water expanse.

There are 5 deaths (for this moment), 150000 homeless (banco houses didn't resist), pubilc buildings are flooded as the Yameogo hospital, the reels of the african film archive are lost...
The only electric plan is out of use (people don't have electricity) and the water treatment unit is also flooded.

The government has sent a solidarity call.
We didn't hear a lot about this dramatic event in Occident media...

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