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Torrential Rains Destroy 100 Houses, Goods In Bangui, Central African Republic

The flooding which happened in Bangui, Central Africa Republic’s capital, destroyed several homes and left people stranded.

Over one hundred houses have been destroyed and goods valued at millions of FCFA ruined following torrential rains in the Central African Republic capital, Bangui over the weekend.

“Most of the quarters in the southwest of the capital were affected as over one hundred houses were destroyed and properties worth several millions of francs CFA were swept away. The humanitarian situation is catastrophic,” a civil society activist told HumAngle by phone from Bangui. 

“Quarters in the sixth district of Bangui situated in the south of the capital remain under water since Sunday, August 8 and houses as well as roads have been flooded. Movement in the capital city has been seriously perturbed.”

One of the victims of the natural disaster told HumAngle he and his family have been stranded since the incident.

“Most of my dresses have been destroyed including my documents and chairs in the house. I am left with almost nothing. We have all been stranded in the open air since Saturday,” said Eugene Didier Kakando, an inhabitant of Linguissa quarter in the sixth district of Bangui. “Me and my family spent the whole night of Saturday in the open air.”

“Behind my house, there are houses which have been completely destroyed. Me and my children went through a harrowing night. Our situation right now is deplorable,” he added.

Faced with the current situation, parliamentarians of the affected constituencies have called on the government of President Faustin Archange Touadera to come to the assistance of the populations that have been rendered homeless and dispossessed by the floods.

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