Sunday 24 September 2017

Heavy rains disrupt traffic in Nouakchott

Heavy rains disrupt traffic in Nouakchott
(APA 08/28/17)

APA-Nouakchott (Mauritania) - Heavy rains on Saturday evening have disrupted traffic in the Mauritanian capital Nouakchott, making it difficult for pedestrians and motorists to find their way around the city.

Most of the city’s roundabouts are inundated as a result of unrelenting rainfall ranging from 15 to 37 mm depending on the area.

There were traffic jams and even breakdowns of vehicles in the middle of the water.

Pedestrians did their best to negotiate their way around the city, avoiding getting caught up in the mud or emerging with soaked garments by caused by careless drivers.

Inundation is a regular experience for Nouakchott residents every rainy season, given that the city does not have a complete drainage system to drain the floodwaters.

To tackle this seasonal challenge, the Mauritanian government has entrusted the setting up of a sewerage network covering all the districts of Nouakchott to a Chinese company that has been working on it day and night.

Meanwhile, the draining of the waters is done by tanks which tour the city’s main arteries after each rain to decongest the traffic as quickly as possible.

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