Deadly landslide claims 20 lives in Bulwa, Democratic Republic of Congo

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A deadly landslide occurred in the village of Bulwa, Democratic Republic of Congo on April 2, 2023, resulting in at least 20 fatalities, with the death toll likely to rise.

On April 2, 2023, a devastating landslide struck the village of Bulwa in North Kivu’s Masisi territory, the Democratic Republic of Congo.

According to Chadrack Mbukanirwa Ndibanja, a village leader, the landslide occurred in the late morning, killing at least 20 people.

Alphonse Mushesha Mihingano, a local administrator, reported that around 25 mothers, along with their children, were doing laundry in the stream at the foot of a mountain when the ground suddenly gave way, burying some of them.

The death toll is expected to rise as search efforts for more victims continue.

The region has experienced heavy rains for months, leading to flooding and mudslides that have caused significant damage.

References:

1 19 people killed in east DR Congo landslide – AFP – April 3, 2023

2 At least 19 killed in DR Congo landslide – BBC – April 3, 2023

Featured image credit: NOAA-20/VIIRS. Acquired on April 2, 2023

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