Devastating Floods Leave DR Congo Coffee Communities in Ruins

Severe flooding and landslides occurred in eastern DR Congo, as well as in parts of Rwanda and western Uganda, due to consecutive heavy rains on May 2 and May 4.

The villages of Bushushu and Nyamukubi in Kalehe territory, South Kivu province, DR Congo, were severely affected. The administrator of Kalehe reported that the region had witnessed significant human losses, with a death toll exceeding 400, over 5,000 people missing, and more than 100,000 internally displaced individuals as of May 9.

The situation was further complicated by the fact that May 4, the day of the worst flooding, coincided with Bushushu’s market day, which typically doubles the population, making identification and recovery efforts more challenging.

Among the impacted individuals were members of various coffee cooperatives situated along the western shores of Lake Kivu, including Muungano, SOPACDI, and Kalehe Arabica Coffee Cooperative (KACCO).

In response, the Congolese government and NGOs have dispatched emergency teams to assess the situation and provide immediate aid.

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