Devastating floods and mudslides in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s South Kivu province has killed more than 400 in one of the country’s deadliest disasters in recent history. Flash floods washed away entire homes and buried the villages of Bushushu and Nyamukubi in debris, with some areas being completely wiped out. United Nations officials estimate that 3,000 families are now homeless because of the tragedy. Climate experts say warming temperatures are increasing the intensity and frequency of Africa’s rains, making these types of events more catastrophic.

Learn more about the flooding in the DRC in these news articles:

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Bushushu, DRC, May 12, 2023

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