The Gambia saw its highest rainfall in more than 30 years last weekend, resulting in severe flooding and at least two fatalities, according to the administration, which blamed the harsh weather on climate change.
The Department of Water Resources said that torrential rain began Saturday morning and lasted for more than 20 hours in portions of the West African nation.
The heaviest rainfall recorded during that time period was 276 mm (10.87 inches) at Banjul International Airport, compared to a previous record of 175.4 mm in July 1998, according to the report.
The floods killed two children and impacted an estimated 13,000 families, he added, as heavy rain fell intermittently over the nation.
According to the World Bank, the Gambia is very susceptible to the consequences of climate change, including floods, drought, sea level rise, and heatwaves. Banjul, the capital, is located on a peninsula where the Gambia River empties into the Atlantic Ocean.
Aerial photographs and videos circulated on social media revealed extensive flooding, with roads inundated and water almost reaching the roofs of several houses.
According to the Gambia Red Cross, volunteers are working around the clock to deliver supplies and assist people in relocating to emergency shelters.