Six killed after rains hit DR Congo’s capital


KINSHASA: Six people were killed in the Democratic Republic of Congo after torrential rains hit the capital Kinshasa, flooding several neighbourhoods. a local official said.

The bodies were found between Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.

Five people were killed in the capital’s Selembao municipality where around 30 houses collapsed, local mayor Augustin Mankesi told Top Congo radio station.

One woman died in the Pelende district after she was electrocuted, he added.

“Our community is stricken,” Mankesi added, calling on the Congolese authorities for help.

Fatal floods and rains are frequent in Kinshasa. In January last year 48 people were killed in landslides, floods and after houses collapsed, according to authorities. – AFP

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