Heavy rain and floods triggered a massive landslide in the West Region of Cameroon during the evening of 28 October, 2019.
The landslide occurred in the village of Bamoungoum, near the regional capital Bafoussam. All houses in the village are thought to have been destroyed. Agence Cameroun Presse (ACP) said, “no house (eleven in total) could withstand the avalanche of mud, which destroyed everything in its path.”
Full damage assessments are ongoing but initial assessments reported that at least 20 people died in the landslide, with speculation that the toll could be much higher. State-owned radio and television service CRTV said that, as of early on 30 October, 42 people had died. Search and rescue operations are expected to last several days.
President of Cameroon, Paul Biya, expressed his condolences to the families of the victims.
Floods in Far North Region Start to Recede
Meanwhile thousands of people remain affected by flooding in the Far North Region of the country after heavy rain caused the Logone River to break its banks in early October. As many as 70,000 people have been affected by the flooding in Cameroon, and around 30,000 in neighbouring parts of Chad. As of 29 October, ACP report that the flood water is slowly starting to recede in Cameroon.
-6 male adults
-10 female adults
-4 pregnant women
-11 male children
-15 female children
-1 male and 1 female died with their 6 children
-36 bodies have been formally identified pic.twitter.com/t4aVMMMEZG
— CRTVweb (@CRTV_web) October 29, 2019
Deeply saddened by the tragic deaths of some fellow Cameroonians in Bafoussam after a landslide that took place there earlier today! Our lives are ephemeral, let’s learn to be positive and change People’s lives when we can! pic.twitter.com/JcJYaV3113
— Mungai NFI (@MungaiNfi) October 29, 2019
via @PerilofAfrica Dozens dead in Cameroon landslide after torrential rain: Rescue teams scour rubble of damaged homes for survivors after landslide in Bafoussam as governor puts death toll at 34. https://t.co/gVBGSzAfpY pic.twitter.com/p1iFFpDxCN
— MarthaLeah Nangalama (@mlnangalama) October 29, 2019
Le @PR_Paul_BIYA sait-il que l'Observatoire Nationale sur le Changement Climatique(ONACC), ds son bul N°21 de sept 2019, avait déjà tiré la sonnette d'alarme?
Pkoi les respos n'ont pas anticipé les actions?
Pkoi ne pas mettre en oeuvre le plan de Développement Local?#Bafoussam pic.twitter.com/XHdB3vexUI
— Mireille Tchiako (@MireilleTchiako) October 30, 2019
Land slide in Bafoussam : Several persons have died following a land slide in the locality of Gouache. 13 houses collapsed around 10PM last night. So far 6 corpses have been retrieved including a pregnant woman and a little child. Search is on the way for more corpses. pic.twitter.com/NPHme2YGU6
— Radio Balafon (@radio_balafon) October 29, 2019
Bafoussam, video de la catastrophe naturelle du 29-10-19.
Short video of the Bafoussam land slide of 29/10/19. pic.twitter.com/rO71zQ3O7r
— Minddevel (@Minddevelcamer1) October 29, 2019
— Cameroon News Agency (CNA) (@CMRNewsAgency) October 29, 2019