DR Congo – Thousands Affected by Floods in Maniema Province

Flooding has affected almost 4,000 households in Maniema Province in central Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo).

Floods in Maniema Province, DR Congo, March 2020. Photo: Caritas

According to a report of 30 March by relief and development organisation Caritas, the recent flooding began in the province around 17 March as a result of heavy rain and increased levels of the Congo river.

Caritas reports that the worst hit areas include the city of Kindu and the territories of Kailo, Punia and Kasongo. It is estimated Congo river is 5 to 7 metres higher than normal. A total of 2,730 houses have been partially or totally destroyed. Flood water has also damaged or contaminated 65 drinking water points.

Recently the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported that over 70,000 people have been affected by flooding in southern Haut-Lomami province in DR Congo.

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