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Flood Kills 176 Villagers In Eastern DRC

At least 176 villagers were killed in flooding and landslides brought on by torrential overnight rains in eastern Congo’s South Kivu province, according to local reports.

Thomas Bakenge, a regional government official, gave the estimate after overseeing recovery efforts on Friday. He described the scale of destruction as “enormous, beyond words, whole houses were carried away.

He said bodies were still being collected from the shores of the nearby Lake Kivu and called for immediate assistance.

“There is absolutely nothing left here. We urgently need help,” he lamented.

Two rivers broke their banks after the heavy rains which began on Thursday evening and there have been multiple landslides with scores of homes destroyed, according to Delphin Birimbi, a community leader in the region.

As bodies were pulled from the mud, some residents estimated that more three quarters of homes in the village of Nyamukubi were carried away by the floods, along with school buildings and a health centre.

Rescuers worked to find and save anyone who may be trapped under the debris from their destroyed homes.

In a statement published Friday, the provincial government of South Kivu offered its sympathies to the families affected and said it was sending a group of officials to the area.

Heavy rains have brought misery to thousands in East Africa, with parts of Uganda and Kenya also seeing heavy rainfall.

Flooding and landslides in Rwanda, which borders Congo, left 129 people dead earlier this week.


By Dare Akogun





Dare Akogun

Dare Akogun is a dynamic media innovator, strategic communication professional, and seasoned climate and environmental sustainability journalist with over 10 years of influential contributions to the media industry.

He Currently serving as the Head of Digital Media, Senior News Editor, and a presenter at Sobi FM 101.9, a leading radio station in Ilorin, Nigeria.

Dare is on a mission to leverage his media innovation expertise and project management skills to produce high-quality, accurate, and engaging content, while advocating for reduced fossil fuel consumption, especially coal, to combat effect of global warming.

He has covered comprehensively environmental issues and COP conferences, including COP28 in Dubai last year , COP 27 in Egypt, and the United Nations Least Developed Countries conference in Doha, in 2023.

He is a recipient of fellowship to be part of a 15 team of journalists selected worldwide to cover the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue 2024.

He has a Master's Degree in Mass Communication, from the University of Lagos, a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism from the Lagos State University and also a
Certification in Business Administration and Management, from the Babson College, Massachusetts, United States of America.

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