KIGALI, Rwanda 

Nearly 40 people died after floods caused by heavy rains on Tuesday in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s capital, Kinshasa, authorities said.

Preliminary assessment showed that 39 lives were lost, houses were washed away, and several properties were damaged, Neron Mbungu, the Kinshasa province’s vice governor, told reporters, adding that rescue workers continue searching for bodies.

“In the commune of Lemba, we saw erosion, overflows of water, floods, several families are outside. We saw more than 10 bodies in the Mbanza Lemba and Livulu neighborhoods,” he added.

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