Heavy rainfall in Cameroon’s capital caused flash floods and landslides. At least 30 people have been killed, but authorities have warned that the death toll is likely to rise. The search for the missing persons continues.
At least 30 people died in floods caused by heavy rainfall and landslides in Cameroon’s capital, Yaounde, the British BBC television reported on Monday afternoon. As reported by the Reuters news agency, citing the Cameroonian authorities, a dam on a small lake also broke.
The Mbankolo district suffered the most. According to various reports, 25-30 houses were destroyed there.
“The search continues”
Rescuers and residents of Yaoundé searched through the rubble of collapsed buildings on Monday morning. – The search for the missing people is ongoing, but we can say that the situation is under control, said Communications Minister Rene Emmanuel Sadi. In turn, Cameroon’s Interior Minister Paul Atanga Nji noted that residents should evacuate “because the ground is unstable.” He warned that the death toll was likely to rise.
The water carried away the child
According to one of the residents quoted by Reuters, among the dead were children who attended a birthday party. Another person told the BBC that her child died as a result of the flood.
-We found ourselves underwater. I saved my wife and three children. The water carried away the fourth child, said Ymele Guy.
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