DRC a hell on earth as crises plummet

DRC fatal landslideFrom JEAN KASSONGO in Kinshasa, DRC
KINSHASA, (CAJ News) – THE search for hundreds of victims buried under the rubble after a fatal landslide northeast of the Democratic Republic of Congo has come to a halt amid lack of necessary equipment to excavate the dead bodies.
At least 150 people are believed to have died and an estimated 70 houses destroyed following a landslide that ravaged the fishing village of Tora in the Ituri Province.
An estimated 280 children have been orphaned, according to provincial and humanitarian sources.
Governor Jefferson Abdallah has ordered search and rescue operations to cease since neither Congolese authorities nor humanitarian organisations lacked the capacity.
The halting of the exercise worsens a situation already aggravated by fears that the water from the lake, used for drinking and other household needs, would become contaminated.
The rapid assessment mission by the governor’s delegation noted that the survivors were in need of both food and non-food items.
Ituri provincial authorities and humanitarian organizations traveled to the remote area to assess the situation.
A deadlock has ensued between the provincial authorities and villagers, who have expressed little desire to leave their home area despite offers to relocate to alternative areas.
Meanwhile, a raging cholera outbreak has left over 100 people dead in the South Kivu, the eastern province that has become for years, endemic to the water-borne disease.
South Kivu’s official declaration came a few days after its sister povince, North Kivu, was also declared in epidemic.
In the western province of Kwilu, 16 people have died of the disease in recent days.
This year alone, 490 deaths have been recorded, which is a 15-percent increase during the same period in 2016.
Besides the pestilence, terror by rebel groups has displaced millions in the Central African country.
CAJ News

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