Kinshasa – At least 100 people have died in floods in the Congolese capital, Kinshasa. Dozens more were injured, some seriously. Heavy rains on Tuesday caused landslides and flooding.
Prime Minister Jean-Michel Chama Lukonde said authorities were still searching for other bodies. “We came to assess the damage, but primarily we see the human damage,” Lukonde said on state television on Tuesday.
Heavy rains washed away mud and entire houses and collapsed buildings in Ngaliema and Mont-Ngafula districts. Streets flooded in Kinshasa.
About 12 million people live in flood-affected districts. Like many large African cities, Kinshasa, the Congolese capital of about 15 million people, struggles with inadequate infrastructure and sewage systems. According to officials, most of the damage was done on illegally constructed land.
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