Heavy rains since mid-October have caused significant flooding in Sud-Ubangi, Nord-Ubangi, and Mongala provinces. As of Thursday, November 14, over 40,000 people have been displaced, particularly from communities along the Ubangi River. In Sud-Ubangi, around 14,200 homes have been destroyed in the Libenge and Zongo territories. Schools, bridges, and crops have also suffered significant damage. Widespread infrastructure damages were reported in the Mobayi-Mbongo, Bosobolo, and Businga territories in Nord-Ubangi. Homes, crops, and roads in Mongala’s Bumba territories also experienced damaging flooding. Health officials have warned that water-borne diseases may spread in the affected area due to the lack of clean water.
According to media reports, relief efforts have been delayed and the central government in Kinshasa has not sent a delegation to the provinces. Damaged or destroyed roads are also reportedly preventing emergency personnel from reaching some communities. Further flooding is possible in the coming days as the Ubangi River was still rising earlier in the week. Associated transportation, business, and power disruptions are anticipated in the affected areas.
Individuals present in affected areas are advised to keep abreast of the situation, avoid areas directly hit by flooding, and adhere to any orders issued by the local authorities or their home governments. Remember that driving or walking through running water can be dangerous - 15 cm (6 in) of running water is enough to knock over an adult - and that floodwater may contain wastewater or chemical products; all items having come into contact with the water should be disinfected and all foodstuffs discarded. Be aware that the risk of contracting water- and mosquito-borne diseases tends to rise after periods of heavy rainfall.
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