Floodwater in Luanda

Floodwater in Luanda
The recent flood situation in Luanda, Angola, appears to have worsened and the latest report from the National Service for Civil Protection and Fire (SNPCB) says that at least 19 people have died, 50 injured and four are reported as missing. Figures are from preliminary damage assessments and authorities warned that these numbers could increase.

The floods come just a the World Health Organisation has confirmed that Angola is currently experiencing a major outbreak of yellow fever, a disease spread by mosquitoes. Over 230 people have died since December 2015 in Angola, with 165 of the deaths in Luanda alone.



Luanda floods

At least 12 people have died in Luanda, following heavy rains & flooding, authorities say
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At least 12 people have died in Luanda, following heavy rains & flooding, authorities say
Initial reports said that flooding had affected Cacuaco, in the north of Luanda, hwere 9 deaths were reported on Wednesday 20 April 2016.

Since then ANGOP, the Angola news agency, quoting SNPCB officials, say that a further people have died, more than 800 families are homeless and 20 homes have collapsed.

The worst affected municipalities are Viana, Cacuaco, Belas, Cazenga and urban districts of Ingombota, Kilamba Kiaxi, Rangel and Maianga.

Heavy rains hit the Angolan capital, Luanda.
© Zenaida Machado
Heavy rains hit the Angolan capital, Luanda.