At least 100 people died and dozens more suffered injuries due to flooding and mudslides in kinshasathe capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
The balance, collected by the news portal ‘Actualité’gives an account of some damage for which the Congolese president has already expressed his “great regret”, Felix Tshisekediwhich is in Washington and has spoken through his office.
The president has expressed his condolences to the families of the victims and has asked the national and local administrations to deploy all possible help and “accelerate” the work to facilitate the drainage of water and “prevent this type of catastrophe from recurring.” .
The first Minister Jean-Michel Sama LukondeMeanwhile, he said that the authorities were looking for more bodies. “We came to assess the damage and the main damage we see is human”the president said on state television.
About 12 million people live in the 24 flood-affected Kinshasa neighborhoods, according to three local officials who told the agency Associated Press that there were dead people, submerged houses and ruined roads.
In the zone of Ngaliema More than three dozen people died and bodies were still counted, the local mayor said. Alid’or Tshibanda. In another part of the city, five members of a family were killed, some electrocuted.
“Only in the commune of Ngaliema we have counted more than forty people dead as a result of this rain that fell on the city of Kinshasa,” he said by telephone to EFE the mayor of that commune of the capital, Mayibanzi Ilungawho estimated the fatalities at at least 42.
“There is more damage in practically all the neighborhoods of my commune, especially those located on the banks of the (Congo) river, because the river waters have overflowed,” he added.
“It’s a calamity,” he declared. Pierrot Mantuela, 30, who lost her mother, her nine-year-old daughter and three brothers. “It’s sad to lose all my family members.” He was spared because he was working Monday night when the rains started.
Authorities said the destruction affected many houses built without authorization. “They have no documents. They are expelled, but they return,” he said. Dieumerci Mayibazilwangamayor of Mont-Ngafula.
In 2019, floods and landslides killed at least 32 people in and around Kinshasa.
(With information from AP, EFE and Europa Press)
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