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Death toll in Angola storms rises to 71, official

Death toll in Angola storms rises to 71, official

Heavy rainfall from a weeklong storm in Angola has killed 65 in the capital, Luanda, and 71 across the country, Interior Minister Leal Monteiro Ngongo said, adding the toll may still rise.
Ngongo was speaking at the end of a council of ministers meeting late Wednesday. The ministers approved a six-month emergency plan and channeled an initial US$10 million (about euro7.7 million) to help those affected by the storms and to rebuild infrastructures damaged by floods and landslides.
The rain fell heavily last week and on Monday and Tuesday leaving an unspecified number of people missing and thousands without homes, according to the governor of Luanda, Job Capapinha.
President Jose Eduardo dos Santos, who visited the northern Luanda municipality of Cacuaco on Wednesday, called the situation a calamity.
Bad weather was forecast until March and cholera, a disease transmitted through contaminated water and poor sanitation, was surging. The National Commission Against Cholera reported 100 cases of cholera countrywide this week.
More than 2,000 people have died of cholera in Angola since an epidemic broke out last February, authorities have said.


Updated : 2021-05-18 11:22 GMT+08:00