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17 dead, dozens missing in Congo landslide



Not less than 17 people have been confirmed dead with dozens of others missing following a landslide that hit northwestern Democratic Republic of Congo after torrential rainfall on Sunday, authorities report.

According to emergency services officials, the disaster took place along the Congo River in the town of Lisal in northwestern Mongala province where the victims lived in homes built at the foot of a mountain.

The officials warned that the toll could rise as rescuers sift through rubble beneath collapsed homes.

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Matthieu Mole, the President of a civil society organization, Forces Vives, who confirmed the incident to local media, said the torrential rain caused the landslide.

“A torrential downpour caused a lot of damage, including a landslide that swallowed up several houses,” Mole said.

“The toll is still provisional as bodies are still under the rubble,” he added.

The governor of the region, Cesar Limbaya Mbangisa, who addressed a press conference, said machinery was desperately needed to help clear away the debris and try to save any survivors.

Mbangisa also declared three days of morning throughout the province.

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