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UN: At Least 169 Died in DR Congo Floods


Sat 17 Dec 2022 | 08:35 PM
Israa Farhan

At least 169 people have died in Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) after heavy rains triggered floods on Monday night, according to the United Nations Office for Humanitarian Affairs.

"As of 16 December, the Congolese authorities reported that at least 169 people have died; around 30 were injured and receiving treatment in hospitals across the city and at least 280 houses were destroyed," the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said.

Heavy rainfall affected about 38,000 people across the capital. The Congolese government declared national mourning from Wednesday to Friday and promised to organize dignified burials for the victims.

Floods have hit four other provinces in the central African country since October, resulting in loss of life and damage to homes, infrastructure, and farmland.