Rain kills 17 people, displace 248 families central region

Huambo At least 17 people have died, 37 injured and 248 families have been displaced as a result of the heavy rains that have poured in Angola?s central Huambo province from September of 2019 to February 7 this year.

The information was disclosed on Saturday by the local commander of Civil Protection and Firefighters Service,

Commissioner Firefighter Jose Pinto, stating that a total of 1,420 people are currently homeless due to the heavy rains.

During this period, the police chief said 29 houses were totally destroyed, while 240 were partially destroyed, amongst church, three schools and bridges.

Local authorities have also recorded the flooding of 10 houses and of 150 hectares of cultivated fields, while some 200 homes located in areas of extreme risk of collapse nearby rivers need to be removed, said the commissioner.

Huambo province with an area of 35,771 km has nine-month rainy season from August to May, it has a population of 2.5 million inhabitants, distributed in 11 municipalities.

Source: Angola Press News Agency