YAOUNDÉ, Cameroon — A landslide in Cameroon’s capital, Yaoundé, killed a minimum of 14 folks attending a funeral on Sunday, the area’s governor mentioned.
Rescuers have been nonetheless looking for others who might need been swept up within the catastrophe, Naseri Paul Bea, governor of Cameroon’s Centre area, informed reporters on the scene.
Dozens of individuals had been attending a funeral on a soccer area on the base of a 60-foot-high embankment when it collapsed on them, witnesses mentioned.
Yaoundé, a metropolis of about 2.8 million folks, is without doubt one of the wettest cities in Africa and is product of dozens of steep, shack-lined hills. Heavy rains have triggered a number of devastating floods all through the nation this yr, weakening infrastructure and displacing hundreds of individuals.
Final month neighboring Nigeria skilled its worst flooding in a decade, with tons of of individuals killed and 200,000 properties a minimum of partly destroyed.
Scientists discovered this month that the heavy rainfall that led to the catastrophe in Nigeria and neighboring nations in October was made about 80 occasions as probably by human-caused local weather change.