No fewer than 15 people have been swept away by floods after torrential rains in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo, an official has said.
North Kivu provincial official Roger Malinga said the area recorded enormous damage.
Describing it as a disaster, Malinga said rescuers removed “15 bodies from the waters.”
The rains on Thursday caused a river to overflow, explained Faustin Kasole, a civil society leader in the region, adding that one village had been entirely “wiped off the map.”
He said he expected the death toll to be much larger, given that the search for bodies had taken place in the dark overnight and was continuing.
In April 2020, about 52 people reportedly died after heavy rains caused floods in South Kivu. According to media sources, the Mulongwe and Kavimvira rivers overflew entire neighbourhoods in Uvira, leaving 36 people dead while an additional 16 deaths have been confirmed in the city’s outskirts.
The UN had said then that more than 77,000 people were displaced in eastern DRC as a result of the rains.
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