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4 Die, Baby Disappears In DR Congo Floods

Four persons are reported dead, one baby missing, forty-six houses destroyed and several market stalls swept away in killer floods after heavy torrential rains that hit the Democratic Republic of Congo town of Bukavu, chief town of South Kivu on October 25, 2020. 

“Four dead, a baby missing, forty-six houses destroyed and several market stalls swept away. This is the balance sheet of the torrential rains that hit Bukavu today”, Zozo Sokali, the president of the civil society platform in South Kivu revealed.

The heavy downpour lasted for five hours and the quarter hardest hit was Ndendere in the Ibanda council, the headquarters of provincial institutions.

“The wall of Mr. Ombeni which was badly constructed collapsed on the house of his neighbour resulting in four deaths and a six-year-old child who was seriously wounded was evacuated to hospital. 

“On making rounds through the streets after the rain, we discovered that several stalls which were disorderly constructed near the Post Avenue had been swept away by the waters from River Kahwa that had overflowed its banks. 

“Unfortunately, Marie Claire Alain was carried away with her stall. We are still searching for other persons”, revealed Migabo Nyagaza Albert, Quarter Head of Ndendere.

In Nyalukemba Quarter also situated in Ibanda Council area, civil society sources told HumAngle on Monday morning that more than eighty houses were flooded.

As the time of filing this report, several families affected by the floods and whose members passed the night on the streets were still without shelter.

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