According to a preliminary assessment made by the governor and authorities in the nation’s South Kivu province, the death toll from flash floods and landslides in eastern Congo has increased to 176, with about 100 people still missing.
In settlements in the Kalehe region along Lake Kivu’s beaches, rivers burst their banks. Numerous injuries were also recorded by the authorities.
South Kivu Governor Théo Ngwabidje went to the area to personally witness the devastation and tweeted that the provincial government has sent out medical, shelter, and food supplies.
The rains have rendered a number of major access routes to the impacted area impassable, which has hampered relief efforts.
Monday has been designated as a day of national mourning by President Felix Tshisekedi in memory of the victims, and the national government is sending a crisis management team to South Kivu to assist the province government.
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Numerous people in East Africa have suffered as a result of the recent severe rains, which also caused flooding in some areas of Kenya and Uganda.
Rwanda, which borders Congo, had flooding and landslides earlier this week, killing 129 people.
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