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DR Congo: 41 killed after Torrential rains and Landslides in Kinshasa

Official report on Tuesday indicated that more than 300 homes have been flooded, dozens dead and some swept away by landslides. 

A road surface swept away by a landslide caused by torrential overnight rains is photographed in the Lemba district of Kinshasa, on November 26, 2019. Photography: ANGE KASONGO / AFP.

The flooding occurred following torrential rains overnight that caused landslides near the University of Kinshasa. Also a bridge connecting the districts of the Lemba and Ngaba collapsed, and another was destroyed in the district of Kisenso, the report stated.

A displaced woman after the flooding in Kinshasa. Photography: Reuters.

Fatal floods and rains are frequent in Kinshasa. Experts say the city’s substandard building practices and large slum areas give little protection, leading to relatively high death tolls.

Rescue workers remove bodies of children following floods in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, January 4, 2018. Photography: AP.

Kinshasa is Africa’s third-largest urban area  after Cairo and Lagos with an estimated population of more than 11 million. The city lies about 320 miles (515 km) from the Atlantic Ocean on the south bank of the Congo River.

 

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