Angola – Deadly Floods in Cabinda and Uíge Provinces

More flooding has affected Angola, this time in the northwestern province of Uíge and the northern exclave of Cabinda Province.

As many as 200 people were displaced after floods inundated homes in Uige (38 homes) and Negage (10 homes) municipalities in Uíge Province on 08 January. According to news agency ANGOP, a young child died and 6 family members were injured in Uíge.

Meanwhile in Cabinda Province, 2 people died and 150 homes were damaged during flash flooding also on 08 January 2020. The 2 victims died when a building collapsed. Several roads were blocked and a bridge severely damaged.

The country’s meteorological agency, Instituto Nacional de Meteorologia e Geofísica (INAMET), warned of further heavy rain over the coming days and issued a red alert for the provinces of Huambo and Cuanza Sul.

Flooding affected Luanda, Cuanza Sul and Cuando Cubango Provinces in Angola last week. Last month homes were damaged and families displaced after heavy rain in Cunene Province in the south of the country.

During a press conference on 09 January, Interior Minister Eugénio Laborinho said that 41 people have died as a result of heavy rain and floods in the country since August 2019.

Across the country, about 2,500 families were affected by the rains, 378 homes destroyed and 975 homes damaged. According to the minister the hardest hit areas are the provinces of Luanda, Bie, Benguela, Huambo, Cuanza Norte, Cuanza Sul, Lunda Sul and Norte, Malange, Namibe, Uige and Zaire.