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Online Networks Help Relief Flood-Plagued Côte d'Ivoire

Categories: Sub-Saharan Africa, Cote d'Ivoire, Citizen Media, Disaster, Refugees

Abidjan and other regions of Côte d'Ivoire have been plagued by heavy downpour and floods for the past weeks [1] [fr]. Local residents got organized on social networks to bring relief to stranded citizens. On twitter and facebook, #CIVSOCIAL is the hashtag for emergency humanitarian reliefs. It was created in 2011 in the aftermath of the post-electoral crisis. The hashtag was revived again as floods marred Abidjan and the rest of the country. The facebook page CIVSOCIAL [2] has collected images, videos and testimonies as well as calls for donations for each afflicted borough.  Here is a video of one of the flooded borough :