Angola – 11 Dead After Floods and Heavy Rain in Luanda Province

At least 11 people have died in the province of Luanda, Angola, after heavy rain and flooding on Tuesday 21 and Wednesday 22 March, 2017. Almost 80 mm of rain fell in 24 hours in the capital.

According to local media, spokesperson for the provincial command of the Civil Protection and Fire Service, Faustino Minguês, told Radio Luanda that the deaths occurred in the municipalities of Cacuaco, Cazenga and Belas and in the urban districts of Sambizanga and Kilamba-Kiaxi in the municipality of Luanda. Several people are also believed to be missing.

Many of the victims died as a result of homes collapsing. Other were swept away by flood water or electrocuted by falling power cables.

According to officials, 5,773 homes have been damaged by floods. Around 344 families have been evacuated. Initial assessments reported that a total of 13 houses have been destroyed. AFP later reported the figure as 700.

Flood Summary

Last updated: March 24, 2017
Event
Luanda Province, Angola, March 2017
Date
March 21, 2017
Type
Urban flood, River flood
Cause
Extreme rainfall

Locations

A - Sambizanga
B - Cacuaco
C - Cazenga
D - Belas
E - Kilamba-Kiaxi

Magnitude

Rainfall level
79.3 mm in 24 hours
Luanda - March 21 to March 22, 2017

Damages

Fatalities
11 people
Luanda Province - March 21 to March 23, 2017
Buildings destroyed
700 buildings
Luanda Province - March 21 to March 23, 2017