Abidjan, Ivory Coast - Flooding caused by overnight torrential rain killed 17 people in Ivory Coast's economic capital Abidjan, a minister said on Tuesday.
The downpour which started at 11:00 pm on Monday continued until 6:00 am on Tuesday, causing flash floods up to 2.5 metres (more than eight feet) deep, Interior Minister Sidiki Diakite
Rescue teams saved 115 people and searches were under way for other casualties, he said, adding that emergency medical centres had been set up across the seaside city.
A city of five million, Abidjan suffers from infrastructure problems and many homes are built in flood-prone areas.
The affected areas ranged from the posh Cocody neighbourhood, where many embassies and the presidential palace are located, to the teeming working-class Yopougon neighbourhood.