In the east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, a community that had previously experienced flooding has seen the recovery of no less than 72 dead.
The provincial authorities reported major damage and fatalities in the villages of Bushushu and Nyamukubi as a result of the torrential rain that poured in the South Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and caused the river to overflow.
At least 72 victims were recovered by humanitarian workers from the rubble; the majority of them were women and children, according to a Reuters correspondent in Bushushu.
The reporter said that the weather had cleared, exposing flattened homes and corrugated iron roofs that protruded from deep mounds of muck.
A group of haggard-appearing survivors waited outside a wooden shed where bodies were being heaped high by Red Cross employees wearing blue scrubs.
Many were coated in mud and without clothes.
Thomas Bakenga, the local administrator, stated on Thursday that at least 17 people had died as a result of the flooding and that there were another 40 people still missing.
In the region of South Kivu, floods and landslides are not unusual events.
The previous incidence of this size, according to the UN, was in October 2014, when a period of heavy rain caused the destruction of over 700 dwellings.
At the time, there were more than 130 missing persons reported.