More than 100 persons feared dead as flood takes over Congo
At least 100 people have been killed after flooding in parts of Kinshasa, capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo, DRC.
According to Associated Press, Prime Minister Jean-Michel Lukonde said a search was ongoing for more bodies.
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Earlier on Tuesday, the death toll had stood at 50 according to Sylvano Kasongo, Kinshasa’s police head, Reuters reported.
“We are already at around fifty deaths and that is not yet final,” Kasongo was quoted as saying at the time.
According to him, the rains caused landslides and roads to submerge.
Images shared online showed entire neighbourhoods flooded with muddy water and roads ripped apart by sinkholes.
One video appeared to show a major highway cut in half by a giant hole that had swallowed several vehicles in Mont-Ngafula district.
IsL source has not been able to immediately verify these images.
In a statement on Tuesday, Félix-Antoine Tshilombo, DRC’s president, extended his condolences to the families.
“The Head of State, Félix-Antoine Tshisekedi Tshilombo learned, with great sorrow, of the death of several people including children, following the torrential rains which fell on Kinshasa, in the night from Monday to Tuesday,” the statement reads.
“The Head of State presents his most heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families, asks the national and provincial governments to come to their aid and speed up the rainwater drainage works to prevent this type of disaster from happening again.”
This is not the first time DRC’s capital will be hit by floods.
In 2019, at least 39 people died when torrential rain flooded low-lying districts, and some buildings and roads collapsed, IsL source, TheCable reports