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Floods on Douala-Yaounde Road frustrates traffic

Heavy rains early Friday, August 31, 2018, frustrated traffic on the Douala-Yaounde Road axis around Nyalla in Douala, Littoral Region of Cameroon.

The road links two of the most important cities in Cameroon.


Vehicles transporting passengers and goods were submerged in runoff. Water levels rose continually as the rain poured for hours hindering movements. Other city dwellers that left their homes for work trekked to catch up with time.

Some Douala inhabitants overwhelmed by the floods were abandoning their vehicles at the flooded zones.

One of them told reporters that, he had no option but to escape the danger of being drowned in water.

Besides, tankers transporting oil and other inflammables were seen overturning in the flood. Trucks loaded with goods such as cement were also ensnared in the morning floods.

Friday’s down pour resulting in floods comes a little over a month after a similar incident around the same area discontinued travelling between Yaounde and Douala. Then, the incident caught the attention of the entire Government as Prime Minister, Philemon Yang, ordered Public Works Minister shortly after a July Cabinet meeting to take emergency measures to redress the situation.

The road between Douala and Yaounde is riddled with drainage canals on hundreds of spots. Such dilapidated material is usually washed off the road leading to a cut-offs in traffic. Douala is a coastal city known to suffer from flooding oftentimes when it rains heavily.

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