Senegal Floods 2015

  • Last Updated: 02/11/2015
  • Senegal

Where's the flood in this photo? The BRACED project in Dakar's suburb helped citizens escape disaster with its physical and social flood prevention infrastructure/ K. Werntz

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The 2015 rainy season in Senegal began late and lasted longer than usual.

A number of thunderstorms punctuated the season, dumping large amounts of rainfall all at once and contributing to the a much wetter than normal season, a big contrast to last years meager rainy season. 

Thunderstorms on August 9th dropped up to 99 mm of rain locally in Ngor, over half the total rainfall Dakar usually gets in the entire month of August. Similar high intensity rainfall events occurred on August 18, 23, September 21st and October 15 requiring residents to deal with reoccurring flooding problems.

The thunderstorms are very local meaning areas directly impacted by the storm can see large rainfall totals and flooding, while nearby neighborhoods may only see a shower or two and minimal damage.

For example, while rains inland brought floods in late July, they did not hit Senegal's capital city of Dakar hard until 9 August 2015. In its second major city, St. Louis, an entire peninsula was flooded over, including an important cemetery and tourist spots. In Touba, streets flooded around the grand mosque.

Very little international media coverage was given to the urban floods or situation for farmers. Citizens used twitter as one way to share their experiences and complain about lack of government intervention.

The BRACED programme has two projects in Senegal.

1) Vivre avec l'eau/ Live with Water, a consortium of partners called CRES.

This project deals directly with urban flooding, providing the physical and social infrastructure to capture flood waters for re-use and avoid damage. The Vivre avec l'eau project proved its merit and worth, protecting residents and their property during record-breaking rainfall.

2) Decentralisation of Climate Funds, a consortium of partners led by the Near East Foundation.

This project focuses on the process of decentralising and managing climate funding at the local level. 

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