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  • Updated: May 08, 2023

Congo Declares National Day Of Mourning After Deadly Floods

The Democratic Republic of Congo is observing a day of national mourning in memory of the dead and missing Bushushu in Kalehe territory in South Kivu following deadly floods and landslides.

According to officials, about 400 bodies have been found. Relatives of the victims are devastated.

Due to the impact of the torrential rains, several communities have been inundated, numerous homes have been washed away, farms have been destroyed, and rivers have abandoned their beds.

Kinshasa announced the dispatch of a "government mission to support the provincial government in managing this disaster" after Friday's council of ministers.

MSF (Doctors Without Borders) also announced that it has dispatched a rescue team to the region on Saturday.

The catastrophe occurred two days after floods in the neighbouring country of Rwanda killed at least 131 people and wrecked thousands of houses.

The victims are completely lacking on the scene. The provincial administration, according to Bakenga, "has helped: a boat full of food (beans, flour), tarpaulin, and medicines." 

During a visit to Burundi on Saturday, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres emphasized that the situation was "a new illustration of an acceleration of climate change and its dramatic consequences for countries that are not involved in global warming" of the world.

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