At least 36 people died after heavy rains on Monday night in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, AFP deputy governor Neron Mbungu told AFP on Tuesday.
« The (provincial) Minister of the Interior has just reported a death toll of 36. The research continues. The material and human damages are really huge, « said Mbungu, who claims to be present in the affected communes since 04:00 local (03:00 GMT).
The victims were among others swept away by landslides. At least two bridges have collapsed and a pavement on the avenue leading to the university in the commune of Lemba, said the vice-governor.
« There are floods, » added the vice governor. Among the victims, « there is a child who has been electrocuted ».
Dozens of people died in erosions and collapses in early January 2018 in Kinshasa after a night of torrential rains.
Africa’s third most populous city, Kinshasa has some 10 million inhabitants, who often live in precarious homes.