The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reports that over 70,000 people have been affected by recent flooding in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
According to OCHA, torrential rains between 14 and 18 March caused flooding in Bukama Territory, in southern Haut-Lomami province. Around 73,000 people have been affected. Health centres and farmland were destroyed, along with thousands of homes. OCHA said nearly 30,000 people have lost their homes. Some of the affected areas are still inaccessible therefore full damage assessments are yet to be completed.
OCHA said that this is the second episode of flooding in the area since the beginning of the year, bringing the number of people affected to 175,000.
Flooding in the country in late 2019. By December over 600,000 people across 12 provinces had been affected.