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37 killed, dozens rendered homeless as landslides ravage Cameroon

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37 killed, dozens rendered homeless as landslides ravage Cameroon

The sleepy town of Bafoussam in Cameroon is reeling from the devastating effect of a landslide which has claimed dozens of lives and has rendered many others homeless.

Rescue operatives on Tuesday said 37 dead bodies have been recovered from debris while others are feared trapped underground in a landslide in the western part of the country.

Reports said rescue efforts have been doubled as rescuers searched for survivors in the remains of houses flattened by earth after heavy rainfall.

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“Around 10pm [21:00 GMT], I heard a noise,” survivor Albert Kenge told the news agency.

“I saw a big cloud of dust and when it dissipated, I saw that the mountain had collapsed.”

The authorities feared that the death toll could rise as the rescue operation continues into the night.

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