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Congo appeals for help after 150,000 hit by floods

President Denis Sassou Nguesso said he was making an 'urgent appeal to the international community' to help provide 'an effective response to the humanitarian situation which has arisen.'

FILE: A road surface swept away by a landslide caused by torrential overnight rains is photographed in the Lemba district of Kinshasa, on 26 November 2019. Picture: AFP

BRAZZAVILLE - The Republic of Congo on Tuesday appealed for help after 150,000 people in the north of the country were hit by rains that flooded homes, destroyed fields and swept away cattle.

President Denis Sassou Nguesso said he was making an "urgent appeal to the international community" to help provide "an effective response to the humanitarian situation which has arisen."

Sassou Nguesso, who made the call in his annual state-of-the-nation speech to parliament, blamed "climatic disruption" for the disaster.

The flooding has badly affected people living on the banks of the Congo and one of its tributaries, the Ubangi.

The European Union (EU) on Monday announced humanitarian aid of $1.12 million, which will be shared with the neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), which has also been hit.