Severe Floods Hit Eastern Provinces of Democratic Republic of the Congo

Local Democratic Republic of the Congo radio station Radio Okapi is reporting that at least 14 people have died in flooding in the territory of Fizi, South Kivu province in the east of the country after several days of heavy rain.

Rivers have overflowed, flooding farmland, blocking roads and damaging 100s of homes. According to the source, the worst affected areas are Mutambala, Ubwari, Makobola, Swima, Kabunde and Baraka, where around 50 homes have been completely destroyed.

Radio Okapi also report that parts of the neighbouring provinces of North Kivu and Katanga, in particular the town of Kalemie, have also been affected by flooding and heavy rain in the last few days.

Four people were killed in flood-related incidents in the region in October 2014. Later that month at least 30 people were killed by floods in Kalehe Territory in South Kivu province after 3 days of heavy rain.

Fizi is around 130 km south of Bujumbura, Burundi, where 15 died in a landslide after heavy rain on Sunday 29 March 2015.