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Citizens of the DRC are Already Feeling the Effects of Climate Change

For thousands of years, Lake Tanganyika was an exquisite sight that soothed and supported generations of Congolese people. Those living by its shores in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) have snoozed in hammocks under the tropical sun, watching their children splash in Africa’s oldest, deepest and longest lake. But in the past two months, storms, torrential rain and flooding have killed at least 13 people and destroyed 4,240 homes and 112 schools along the DRC’s Lake Tanganyika coast. In less than a generation, the stretch from Uvira to Moba, 250 miles long, has become a place of catastrophe for the local people, who are dependent on the lake for food, trade, transport and their livelihood. As global temperatures rise, torrential rains have steadily increased, even during the dry season, while deforestation in the DRC – a byproduct of poverty and violence – is affecting the entire Congo basin ecosystem with flooding and erosion.