At least 50 people have been left dead, others missing when floods hit Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) on Monday night. The floods that hit the city and its surrounding areas have rendered thousands homeless with no food or drinking water.
The Congo River and its tributaries were reported to have burst their banks after the heavy rains. There was also a landslide near the University of Kinshasa. Kinshasa is home to more than 12 million people and the death rate is expected to increase as the water subsides. Among the dead was a family of six which was buried in the landslide and another person was electrocuted and died.
A magistrate in Lemba was quoted saying that poor construction, lack of water drainage systems and land erosion contributed to the dangerous conditions. Search and rescue is still underway as many victims have been swept away. More rains are expected as the rainy season has just begun.
The African Union Chair, Moussa Faki Mahamat has sent his condolences and thoughts to the victims for their loss. Many African countries have recently been hit by floods with the devastating cyclone Idai which is still fresh in people's minds and its effects yet to be rectified.
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