Heavy rainfall in the Democratic Republic of Congo during early December has caused deadly flooding in Mbanza-Ngungu, leaving at least 18 fatalities.
On December 1, at least 13 deaths were reported after overnight heavy rains triggered floods. A day after, December 2, five more fatalities were confirmed, bringing the death toll to 18. The casualties were mostly children.
Among the areas affected were Zanga and Nsona Nkulu in the Noki and Disengomoka Districts. Several houses were also damaged, including three houses that completely collapsed.
According to local reports, provincial minster of interior Nestor Mandiangu visited the affected site to assist the victims' families and help with the burial.
Heavy rains have been battering the country for days, with up to 69 mm (3 inches) of rain recorded in a three-hour period to December 7 in the capital Kinshasa.
Kongo-Central : 13 morts, 4 blessés et plusieurs maisons détruites, tel est le bilan de la pluie diluvienne qui s’est abattue dans la nuit de mardi à ce mercredi 2 décembre matin sur la cité de Mbanza Ngungu, dans la province du Kongo-Central. https://t.co/v7onkc6rXg pic.twitter.com/M7ckDVzSAT— MEDIACONGO.NET (@mediacongo) December 2, 2020
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