Buea Hit Hard by Severe Floods | + videos

Flash floods caused significant damage to buildings and homes in Buea, Cameroon on March 18, 2023.

One person died, and five were injured, with some reports indicating that the death toll may be higher, and at least six people are believed to be missing.

The heavy rainfall flowed down the steep slopes of Mount Cameroon and overwhelmed the city’s poor drainage infrastructure. This is the second time Buea has experienced flooding under similar circumstances, with the first occurring in March 2020.

It is important for local authorities to improve drainage systems and implement measures to prevent future flooding. Emergency services need to provide assistance and support to those affected by the floods.

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11 comments

  1. When I was growing up in Buea, Elianga mene (mountain runoff) used to flow in the same gutters all around town. We have built houses and blocked the water’s natural path.
    I just hope the we don’t think of this an isolated incident.

    • buea is not even a city.it does not have an underground system bringing gas water and a sewage system draining waste matter to a treatment center where it is converted to organic fertilizers.if this system does not exist ,how do we think of building artificial canals to drain water from the city?

      • Your last sentence contradicts your first sentence. You might also want to checkout the definition of a city….It has very little or nothing to do with infrastructure.

        • bueapickin…..are you trying to say that buea is a city without the basic things that make a city?
          no system to bring water and gas for domestic use.
          no sewage system to drain used water
          no planned housing ,no streets,no adress
          no traced city roads with paths ways for public transport,walking ,and private cars.
          no gardens,no industrial zones
          no decent public transportation system.
          show me what makes buea a city?

  2. Encyclopedia Britannica: “City, relatively permanent and highly organized center of population, of greater size or importance than a town or village. The name city is given to certain urban communities by virtue of some legal or conventional distinction that can vary between regions or nations”
    Merriam-webster Dictionary: City, an inhabited place of greater size, population, or importance than a town or village
    Cambridge University press : City, any large town or populous place

    I can go on. Again, the definition has nothing to do with infrastructure. Those things you call basic are present in small communities here in the US and Europe but we don’t call those communities ” Cities” do we? look at the last sentence from the first definition above.

    • bueapickin…….you seem to refuse evidence base observation,prefering to be guided by dogma from a dictionary.that is the bretish definition of a city.what is your definition of a city?there is no city in cameroon,all what we call cities are bureal grounds where people live on thier own wast.what will underground water in buea look like?we even continue burrying death people in the ground polluting the nap.the rational thing to do would be cremation to eliminating future pandemics.

      • You are so politicking camrade make use of the classes attended bah acho what will you say about Chicago fire?

        • chicago fire is the result of human error.we must cofus on what is good for us.

        • Mola, let me give you another example take these 2 communities
          Westford, MA, (population ~ 24, 000) in the State of Massachusetts (population ~ 7 million)
          Rockland, ME (population ~8000 ) in state of Maine ( Population ~1.4 million)
          Both have all those same amenities that @ Bah Acho mentioned above however because of the relative population of each state, Westford ( with more people) is categorized as a TOWN while Rockland ( less people) is categorized as a CITY.
          “The name city is given to certain urban communities by virtue of some legal or conventional distinction that can vary between regions or nations”

  3. The francophone regime town planning department is destrying Fako & Mezam which had good infrastructures put inplace , such as water ways installed during the British era to protect floods, land slides etc from destroying local residences. The francophone administrators appointees in Fako for years know what they are doing, they have debious plans selling off these water ways to their francophone communities who build houses, hotels shops directing the water ways into the poor indigenous people’s villages so they can move elsewhere for the francophones authorities to return later with the installation of water ways when the indigenous people have all fled, it is all part of french cameroon assimilation prolicies.