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Democratic republic of Kongo. Dozens killed in floods and landslides

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At least 40 people have died in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo after heavy rainfall caused flash floods and landslides.

Heavy rainfall occurred on the night from Tuesday to Wednesday. At least 20 people were killed in the Bukavu area, and 20 more were killed in the village of Burinyi, about 50 kilometers away, local authorities said.

After the downpours stopped, some people dug through the mud with their bare hands in search of bodies. According to Bukavu resident Yvonne Mukupi, who survived, her neighbor was swept away by flood waters.

Tragic downpours followed the death of at least 22 people on Tuesday in West Kazai province in the southwest of the country. The landslide swallowed houses, leaving people homeless. Roads were destroyed.

Main photo source: Reuters

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