Thousands Displaced in the Wake of Flash Flooding in the Southern DRC

February 3, 2017

In the southern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), thousands have been left homeless in the wake of flash floods that have devastated the region. As reported by AlJazeera, at least 10.000 people have lost their homes, dozens others killed, and a number of towns demolished as a result of the Kalamu river overflowing due to torrential rain. A number of cities such as Boma, reportedly one of the worst hit towns, grow in anger and frustration, as the government continues to have a slow response in providing relief to affected areas. In addition to their being a lack of relief, emergency services in the DRC have also been subject to allegations of being under equipped to deal with disasters such as the flooding seen over the last year. For some Boma residents such as Vundula Mwaka, who has lost his home twice during the past year, has become desperate for any immediate emergency relief from the government. “I am very disappointed because there is no help…We have lost everything. I got injured and I still haven’t been treated until now, not even a painkiller”. 

 

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