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Flooding is Wreaking Havoc in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Residents in the capital Kinshasa say foul-smelling water poured into their homes when the Congo River rose to its highest level in decades. At least 300 people have been killed. The RVF, the agency overseeing DR Congo’s waterways, sounded the alarm in late December. It warned that heavy rains would cause “exceptional flooding” around the Kinshasa area. By this point, provinces such as Mongala and Ituri had already faced serious flooding. In Kinshasa, flooding is common but this year the River Congo has risen just shy of 6.26 metres, the level reached during record flooding in 1961. Further upstream, in the city of Kisangani, the mayor said that over 200 houses have been submerged.