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Torrential Rains Leave DRC Neighbourhood in Ruins

At least 100 people have been killed and dozens injured in widespread floods and landslides caused by heavy rain in the capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Kinshasa. The prime minister, Jean-Michel Sama Lukonde, said officials were still searching for more bodies. About 12 million people live in the 24 neighbourhoods of Kinshasa that were hit by the floods, according to three local officials who told the Associated Press that people were killed, houses submerged and roads ruined. Officials said much of the destruction happened in houses built on plots without official permission. “They have no documents. They are chased away but they always come back,” Dieumerci Mayibazilwanga, the mayor of Mont-Ngafula, said of people building unauthorised houses.

SOURCE: THE GUARDIAN