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