Torrential rains in the African country of Senegal have killed at least 6 people, either by drowning or being crushed by falling buildings.
A spokesman for Senegal President Macky Sall, Abou Abel Thiam, said on Monday that the President has cut short his trip to South Africa, and was returning to Senegal, where he has ordered a full emergency response.
Low-lying Dakar sees flooding every year, but heavy rains on August 26 caused catastrophic flooding in many regions of Senegal.
Thiam said, "These rains are worse in terms of their intensity. If you just look at the quantity of the water. We have never seen 156 millimeters (6.1 inches) of rain fall in a two-hour window. That's what happened yesterday morning."
While most media outlets are stating the number of deaths at six, this appears to be only in the capital, Dakar. Global Voices is quoting Seneweb News as stating that 18 people are dead with 42 injured from the heavy rains in various areas of Senegal.
According to Senegal news agency, APS, three children died when their house collapsed under the weight of the torrential rain, near Fatick. In Keur Mbaye, a boy drowned when he fell into a submerged canal, and in Touba, a 90-year-old women drowned in her home and a 27-year-old was crushed by a falling wall.
Thousands have been affected by the severe damage caused by the flooding.