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Dozens killed in DR Congo floods
Bus washed out by floods in Kinshasa - 26/10/2007
Roads and bridges were washed away in the floods
At least 30 people have died and 100 been injured in flooding in Kinshasa, capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo, officials have said.

Heavy rain caused waterways to burst their banks, washing away roads and bridges and knocking down power lines.

Some of the victims were electrocuted, others drowned or were crushed when their homes collapsed.

Officials said the number of people killed could rise as relief workers reach districts cut off by the floods.

The torrential rain began falling late on Thursday and continued until Friday morning.

Government officials have set up a committee to deal with the crisis.

A particularly heavy rainy season across a broad stretch of Africa since June has led to the worst floods in 30 years, the United Nations has said.

The latest floods in the DR Congo brings the number killed to more than 400. Two million people across the continent have been affected, with many requiring shelter and food aid.

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