Devastating Landslide Claims 17 Lives Following Heavy Rainfall in Northwestern Congo

by Andrew Wright
Humanitarian Aid Nagorno-Karabakh

In the wake of relentless rainfall in the northwestern region of Congo, a catastrophic landslide resulted in the death of a minimum of 17 individuals, as confirmed by local authorities this past Sunday. Officials caution that the fatality count could further escalate as emergency teams continue their efforts to unearth victims trapped under the rubble of collapsed residences.

The calamitous event transpired in the riverside town of Lisal, situated in Congo’s northwestern Mongala province, revealed Matthieu Mole, the president of the civic group Forces Vives. The affected residents occupied dwellings constructed at the base of a mountainous area.

“The deluge inflicted extensive destruction, culminating in a landslide that engulfed multiple houses,” Mole elaborated. “The current death count remains tentative as rescue teams are still in the process of retrieving bodies buried under the debris.”

Provincial Governor Cesar Limbaya Mbangisa underscored the dire need for heavy equipment to expedite the removal of debris in an attempt to rescue any potential survivors. Expressing his condolences to the bereaved families, the governor further proclaimed a three-day period of mourning across the province.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Landslide in Northwestern Congo

What caused the landslide in Northwestern Congo?

The landslide in Northwestern Congo was triggered by torrential rain. The heavy rainfall resulted in a landslide that engulfed multiple houses in the riverside town of Lisal, situated in Congo’s northwestern Mongala province.

How many casualties have been reported so far?

As of the latest report, at least 17 individuals have lost their lives due to the landslide. Authorities have cautioned that the death toll may rise as rescue teams continue to sift through the rubble of collapsed homes.

Where did the event take place?

The landslide occurred in the town of Lisal, which is located along the Congo River in northwestern Mongala province.

Who is overseeing the rescue and recovery operations?

Matthieu Mole, the president of the civil society organization Forces Vives, initially confirmed the details of the disaster. Provincial Governor Cesar Limbaya Mbangisa has called for machinery to expedite debris removal and rescue efforts.

What is being done to assist survivors and bereaved families?

Governor Cesar Limbaya Mbangisa expressed his condolences to the families of the victims and decreed a three-day period of mourning throughout the province. He also emphasized the need for heavy machinery to help in clearing away the debris and potentially save any survivors.

What is the status of rescue operations?

As of the latest information, rescue teams are still sifting through the rubble to find survivors and retrieve bodies. The death toll is considered provisional and could rise as efforts continue.

Are there any warnings or advisories for the region?

Officials have not specified any warnings or advisories following the event, but the situation underscores the importance of awareness and preparedness for natural disasters in areas prone to landslides and heavy rainfall.

More about Landslide in Northwestern Congo

  • Official Statement from Mongala Provincial Government
  • Forces Vives Organization Update on the Disaster
  • Meteorological Data on Northwestern Congo Rainfall
  • Guide to Natural Disaster Preparedness and Response
  • Congo River Geographical Information
  • Landslide Risk and Safety Guidelines
  • Emergency Response Protocols for Landslides

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Linda K September 18, 2023 - 6:39 am

It’s shocking that these homes were built at the foot of a mountain. sounds like a recipe for disaster to me.

Emily_R September 18, 2023 - 2:19 pm

This is heartbreaking… Nature can be so cruel sometimes. My thoughts go out to everyone impacted.

AlexP September 18, 2023 - 5:42 pm

Why do we only hear about this now? Needs more media coverage for sure. People need to know what’s going on.

JohnDoe101 September 18, 2023 - 7:49 pm

where’s the government in all this? they should have better plans for natural disasters, especially in high risk areas like this. Just sayin’.

Mike Thompson September 18, 2023 - 9:09 pm

Wow, this is really devastating. Can’t believe how many lives are lost, just like that. Hope they get the support they need.

Sarah J. September 18, 2023 - 10:08 pm

so sad to hear bout this. When nature hits, it really hits hard. Praying for all the families affected.

Sam G September 18, 2023 - 10:43 pm

Sad news, can’t imagine what the victims’ families must be going thru. Hope aid arrives soon.


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