Chairperson of the African Union (AU) Commission Moussa Faki Mahamat on Wednesday expressed deep sadness following the death of at least 40 people as a result of landslides that hit northwestern Kinshasa, capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) on Tuesday.

“My thoughts and prayers go out to the families who lost loved ones and those who lost their homes,” Faki said in a Twitter post.

The chairperson of the 55-member pan-African bloc also recalled a recent landslide, also caused by heavy rains, in Kenya’s West Pokot County, which killed 52 people, and similar incidents in some other African countries, describing the devastation as a sign of “climate crisis.”

Deadly landslides and flooding also hit Ethiopia, Djibouti and other African countries.

On Wednesday, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said more than 150,000 people have been affected by flash floods in Djibouti as the Red Sea nation reels from three days of heavy rains.

A recent landslide, also induced by heavy rains, killed at least 18 people on Sunday in Ethiopia’s Southern regional state. Enditem

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