Floods Kill 400 People in the Democratic Republic Of Congo

ByMaureen Lurare
Published on: May 08, 2023 02:05
Flood damage in DR Congo. Photo |Courtesy

Heavy rains in Kalehe region of South Kivu province caused rivers to overflow and landslides that swallowed the villages of Bushushu and Nyamukubi.

It has led to People losing their homes and others dying as a result the death toll rises to 400.

At least 394 bodies have been recovered after last week's floods, said Thomas Bakenga, administrator of Kalehe territory where the affected villages are located.

He announced a death toll of 203 people on Saturday. The victim’s family members are still looking for their loved ones. Denis Mukwege, a Congolese doctor and Nobel Peace Prize winner had sent a team of surgeons, anaesthetists and Technicians to the area.

The UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres put out a statement offering his condolences to the victims of the harsh floods in DRC Congo and Rwanda.

“This is yet another illustration of accelerating climate change and its disastrous impact on countries that have done nothing to contribute to global warming,” he said during a visit to Burundi.

Experts say extreme weather events are happening with increased frequency and intensity due to climate change.

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