On November 26, the capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kinshasa, was hit by heavy rains. At least 39 people were killed and hundreds of homes were destroyed within a few days.
According to the authorities, heavy rains caused landslides near the University of Kinshasa. As reported by Reuters, University Avenue was completely destroyed, and three buildings fell into a ravine. Fragments of concrete and metal roofing could be seen at the scene. In addition, farmland was flooded in the province.
Vice Governor of Kinshasa province Néron Mbungu said all the injured had been taken to hospital during the search and rescue operations. The provincial authorities allocated funds to transport the bodies found to the morgue.
The locals said it had been one of the worst floods in a long time. However, floods are not unusual, and they regularly occur in Kinshasa. Experts attributed the high death toll to the capital’s insufficiently developed infrastructure and poorly planned neighborhoods.