Heavy rains in Angola’s capital city Luanda has killed 14 people and left 8,000 families without homes.
The storm in Luanda which lasted for about seven hours, collapsed bridges, uprooted trees and submerged vehicles leading to the recorded number of casualties.
According to a report by the provincial government of Luanda, as of the end of April 19, according to preliminary data, 14 people were killed and 2 were injured. 1,617 houses were flooded, 16 were destroyed. It is believed that 8,165 people were displaced or seriously injured as a result.
Roads in the south of the city were closed after the partial destruction of the bridge over the Camorteiro River in the Talatona municipality.
The spokesman for the national civil security agency, Faustino Minguês said most of the victims were killed by collapsing walls or were electrocuted.
Minguês added that there had been a substantial increase in the water level in drainage ditches and stormwater containment basins, that had overflowed onto the public highway.