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Extensive flooding hits Democratic Republic of Congo, nearly 1 500 homes destroyed or damaged

satellite image of baraka city drc on november 18 2023 sentinel-2 f

The Democratic Republic of the Congo is grappling with a humanitarian crisis following extensive flooding caused by ongoing torrential rains since November 13, 2023. The most severe impacts have been recorded in the eastern and north-eastern regions, including Baraka City and Dungu Town, where thousands have been displaced, and homes have been destroyed.

According to a recent report by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN OCHA), in Baraka City alone, the floods have led to four fatalities and 20 injuries. Furthermore, the destruction of approximately 700 houses has left around 7 000 people without shelter.

Meanwhile, in the Dungu Town area, the overflowing rivers have displaced about 4 300 people and damaged 720 houses. The loss of homes and livelihoods has plunged these communities into a state of emergency, requiring immediate attention and assistance.

In response to the crisis, humanitarian partners have been mobilizing resources to provide relief to those most affected.

References:

1 Democratic Republic of the Congo – Floods – DG ECHO – November 22, 2023

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