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More bodies found after deadly floods and landslides in Congo

Local residents make their way through a seriously damaged road following heavy rains that caused floods and landslides, on the outskirts of Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo December 14,2022. REUTERS/Justin Makangara

Rescue workers have found 11 more bodies of people killed following floods on Tuesday night in the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kinshasa.

The bodies were found in the northern Mont-Ngafula district of the city where many houses are built on hillside areas that suffered landslides.

The floods have been termed the worst in years witnessed in the city.

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Nearly 30,000 households have been affected, with 280 homes swept away by the landslides.

President Félix Tshisekedi is due to return to the country on Thursday from Washington after shortening his participation at the USA-Africa Summit.

The official death toll is 120 but non-governmental groups say more than 140 people died.

The damage to infrastructure is significant, with the majority of residents in the capital experiencing water and electricity outages.

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Officials on Tuesday ordered the demolition of buildings standing on unstable locations and those putting pressures on the drainage system.

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