4 Dead After Floods in Eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo

The eastern provinces of North Kivu and Katanga, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), have experienced severe flooding over the last 3 days after heavy rainfall fell in the region.

Three people have been killed in flood related incidents in North Kivu. Two people are still missing and around 8 have been injured. Local media report that 50 houses have been destroyed in the flooding.

In Katanga province, one person has been killed by floods that struck in the port city of Kalemie, on the western shore of Lake Tanganyika, on 05 October 2014. The torrential downpour lasted just over one hour. One person, a young girl, is also reported as being injured after floods caused a house to collapse.

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Heavy Rainfall Also in Western Areas

Heavy rainfall across parts of western Africa means that flooding is likely to be seen there in the coming days. WMO are reporting massive amounts of rainfall in DRC’s western neighbours, Congo and Gabon. In 24 hours to 06 October, Djambala in Congo saw 938 mm of rain (according to WMO figures). Lambarene in Gabon saw 648 mm of rain in the 24 hours to 07 October 2014.