Deadly flash floods in North and South Kivua, DR Congo

One person is dead and two are missing after flash floods hit the city of Bukavu, the capital of South Kivu province in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. Floods have also affected areas in neighboring North Kivu province.

At the same time, flooding has also hit western Uganda, with two deaths reported.

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Heavy rain caused flash flooding in Bukavu on August 19, 2021. Widespread damage was reported, including collapsed houses and destroyed roads. Local media reported that one person died in flood waters in Kadutu commune, one person went missing after flooding in Panzi town area and another in Simpunda district.

Meanwhile, in neighboring North Kivu province, heavy rain caused the Nyakariba River to burst its banks in Rutshuru territory on August 20. Floodwaters, debris and mud flooded homes and crops, affecting 200 families. Five people were injured, but no deaths were reported.

Uganda and Rwanda.

North Kivu borders Uganda, where recent flooding in the Kasese area killed two people. Local media reported that the Nyamugasana, Dunguluha and Mubuku rivers overflowed their banks on August 15, displacing 20 families.

In May of this year and in July, the area experienced flooding and landslides. According to media reports, more than 1,000 people displaced by the recent floods are living in cramped conditions in a tent camp in Karusandara.

South Kivu province borders Rwanda, which has also experienced heavy rains since about August 19. Ruhengeri received 99 mm of rain in the 24 hours before August 20.

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