This year’s rainy season is proving to be deadly for the people of the Democratic Republic of Congo. More than 120 people have been killed following the worst floods in years in Kinshasa, the capital city. And with rains expected over the Christmas period, even more devastation could follow.
‘It started with small rains and then the rain just got bigger and bigger,’ shares Alphonse Mata, who works for Tearfund and is based in Kinshasa.
Landslides and sinkholes
Kinshasa is home to around 15 million people and is located on the River Congo. Those who live close to the river have had to move out of their homes due to the widespread flooding. People don't live close to the river out of choice – they don’t have the money to live anywhere safer. And now, what little they have has been damaged by the floods.
Major roads in the city centre have been submerged, houses and roads ripped apart by sinkholes, and there have been landslides in the hillside areas of the city.
But, along with the floods, there’s another huge problem everyone in Kinshasa is having to deal with: the mountains of waste.