Heavy rain since Thursday 05 January, 2017, has caused floods in parts of the province of Luanda, Angola.
According to Angola News Agency ANGOP, the flooding damaged 1,800 homes in the municipality of Viana, with some homes completely destroyed. Some roads remain blocked and traffic is hampered. So far there are no reports of injuries or fatalities.
Speaking to ANGOP, local director of Community Services, Fernando Binge, said that blocked drainage channels and gutters are preventing the flood water from receding and standing water remains in many streets.
Standing water may increase the risk of water- and vector-borne diseases at a time when cases of cholera and Zika have been reported in the country.
Last year Angola suffered a yellow fever epidemic that killed at least 400 people.
Angola’s Ministry of Health recently reported two cases of the Zika virus, the first recorded in the country.
Health Minister José Luis Gomes Sambo also reported a cholera outbreak in the municipality of Soyo, Zaíre province, with 104 suspected cases and 6 deaths.
A bulletin from Angola’s National Institute of Meteorology and Geophysics (INAMET) of 08 January said that moderate rainfall and the possibility of thunderstorms could be expected in many parts of the country, in particular in the provinces of Luanda, Cabinda, Zaire, Uíge, Malanje, Bengo, Cuanza Norte, Cuanza Sul, Lunda Sul and Lunda Norte.