GOMA, DR Congo

About 37,000 people, including 24,000 children, are still stranded in Zongo due to floods, an official said Saturday.

The disaster was triggered by heavy rains which hit the area in northeastern DR Congo since October and the situation worsened after the Ubangi River burst its banks, said Zongo Mayor Placide Kumugo Soko.

People are desperately in need of water, medicine and food, he said, noting that seven out of Zongo’s eight neighborhoods are flooded.

According to the Minister for Humanitarian Actions Steve Mbikayi, floods have created a worrying and critical humanitarian situation along the Ubangi River.


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