Africa Disaster Headline News

Death tolls in Congo reaches 401

Deaths from last weeks flood devastation in two villages in the Democratic Republic of Congo has reached 401, the provincial governor, Theo Ngwabidje Kasi said on Monday.

As of Monday, more bodies were still being recovered from the disaster that has become one of the deadliest in the country’s recent history, Reuters reports.

On Friday, at least 176 people were reported dead, while many others were declared missing.

Some other 205 people were seriously injured in the flooding resulting from rivers bursting their banks after the heavy rains on Thursday, while 167 people are listed as missing.

President Felix Tshisekedi has declared a day of national mourning as a team of ministers coordinate humanitarian aid and disaster management, government spokesman Patrick Muyaya said.

Writing by Muzha Kucha; Editing by Julian Osamoto