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20 Apr 2020 | 09:51 PM UTC

Angola: Flooding in Luanda kills 11 people April 18-20

Heavy rains on April 18 causes deadly flooding in Luanda, leaving at least 11 people dead as of April 20; recovery efforts ongoing

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Event

Heavy rains on the morning (local time) of Saturday, April 18, caused deadly flooding throughout the capital Luanda. According to the Provincial Civil Protection Commission, at least 11 people have died in the flooding as of Monday, April 20. Over 10,000 residents have also been affected and are living in temporary housing after their homes were damaged or destroyed. Fatalities were recorded in the municipalities of Kilamba Kiaxi and Talatona. Several roads in Luanda were inundated and blocked by the flood waters. Associated transportation and business disruptions are expected in the affected areas.

Additional rain is forecast in Luanda on Tuesday, April 21, and further flooding is possible in the city.

Advice

Individuals in Luanda to monitor local weather reports, anticipate transportation disruptions, avoid areas directly affected by flooding, confirm road conditions before setting out, and adhere to instructions issued by local authorities. Avoid walking or driving through floodwaters; 15 cm (6 in) of running water is enough to knock over an adult.