Intense storm leaves 24 dead or missing, hundreds homeless in Luanda, Angola

Intense storm leaves 24 dead or missing, hundreds homeless in Luanda, Angola

Heavy rains and strong winds affecting Luanda, Angola from April 18 to 20, 2020, caused flooding and destruction across the capital, leaving at least 11 people dead, 13 others missing and 113 families homeless.

The Cambaba River broke its banks, sending floodwater to parts of the municipality of Tatalona. Traffic was disrupted and hundreds of residential properties were damaged, displacing 113 families.

Heavy rains accompanied by strong winds damaged trees and vehicles, mainly in the downtown area and the urban districts of Mainga and Ingombota. Construction site fences and advertising panels were also destroyed.

Following an assessment of certain parts of Luanda, the Angola Press News Agency (ANGOP) found that the situation is critical for families in vulnerable areas including Cantintom, Salinas, and Vila Pacifica.

According to the Provincial Civil Protection Commission, 11 fatalities have been confirmed, including 3 children. 13 people remain missing.

The country's meteorology institute forecast further rain for the Luanda region and the surrounding area in the following days, with alternating periods of very cloudy skies and thunderstorms with strong winds.

Featured image credit: Angola Press/YouTube

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