Sixteen Dead in DR Congo Landslips



Congolese internally displaced civilians carry their belongings as they flee from renewed tensions from Kanyaruchinya to Goma in the North Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of Congo November 15, 2022. REUTERS/Arlette Bashizi


Last Updated: November 23, 2022, 00:10 IST

Congolese internally displaced civilians carry their belongings as they flee from renewed tensions from Kanyaruchinya to Goma in the North Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of Congo November 15, 2022. REUTERS/Arlette Bashizi

Tristan Mukamba Mwanga, head of an NGO called the New Civil Society of Kamituga, said four areas in the town had suffered landslips

Sixteen people in a mining town in eastern DR Congo have died in landslips triggered by torrential rain, local officials said Tuesday.

The accident happened overnight Monday in Kamituga in South Kivu province, the acting mayor there, Alexandre Ngandu, told AFP.

“The toll is 16 dead… men, women and children,” he said by phone.

Tristan Mukamba Mwanga, head of an NGO called the New Civil Society of Kamituga, said four areas in the town had suffered landslips.

Fatalities were concentrated among shacks built on slopes in unauthorised areas, he said.

Residents said the bodies were placed before the town hall for funerals later Tuesday. Ngandu said he had been looking for coffins with which to bury the victims.

At least 20 people died in landslips and flooding last week in Masisi, in neighbouring North Kivu province.

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