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Displaced due to Luanda rains, they go back to sleep in the open and ask for help

Families who saw their homes collapse in Luanda due to the torrential rains on Monday mourn the death of three children and the loss of their possessions, preparing to spend the second night in the open.


"This time it was serious, the rain started at five o'clock in the morning, so when the wall of the school falls, all the water came back here, then two deaths came out, here the wall of my house collapsed," Joana Damião told Lusa .

With the residence partially collapsed, the resident of the Encib neighborhood recalled that she spent Monday night in the open and asked the authorities to guard against further loss of life.

"Yesterday we slept on the street, I just want you to look at us, we want a place to live because this is a serious thing, we already slept in the water and today we are going to sleep in the water, please look at us, it is very bad", he shot.

The neighborhood of Encib, in the urban district of Sambizanga, is one of the most affected by Monday's rains in Luanda and the people, who saw their homes devastated by the flood, fear for the worst.

At least three children died in the Encib neighborhood due to the collapse of houses, a situation that amplifies the lament of residents who call for the intervention of the authorities and accommodation in a safe place.

At the site, the rubble welcomes visitors and passers-by who circulate around and do not escape the huge mudflat that stretches across the area.

While some still draw water from the interior of their homes, others seek to rescue their possessions, adorned by the endless mud, while despair overtakes other popular people who, with a heavy countenance, "pray not to rain again".

Children and adults, committed to recovering what little they have left, ask the authorities for help, especially for "accommodation in a safe place and food for their survival", as one of the residents said.

Julieta Kemba, 21, who also saw her home being shattered by the force of the water, spoke of the drama that her family faces describing her situation as "terrible and unpleasant".

"I live with my children and I don't know where I'm going, because to be able to get to sleep, it was only because of the goodwill of the neighbors, because the house is totally on the floor", she lamented.

Complaints also expressed by Marcelina Domingos, who saw her parents' residence turned into rubble and sympathized with the death of three children in the neighborhood.

Collapsed houses, impassable streets and at least 14 dead are some of the consequences of the rains that fell on Monday in Luanda and did not spare the well-known Kamorteiro bridge, in the municipality of Talatona, which saw one of its slabs collapse.

The collapse of one of the transition slabs in the passageway that connects the districts of Talatona and Patriota, south of Luanda, forced the authorities to interdict the bridge, while the public called for a complete rehabilitation of the infrastructure.

"The current of water caused the circulation to be cut off and, if it rains more, the circulation may be cut off completely. It is necessary to completely rehabilitate the bridge, not just the part that collapsed", defended Charles José in statements to Lusa.

Moto-taxi driver Miala Mateus, on the other hand, considered that the collapse of one part of the bridge "is the result of the negligence of the contractor and the authorities", because after its rehabilitation it "already showed signs of insecurity".

"What happens in our country is that the Government wants to give the works in the hands of people who do not know the country, because it was rehabilitated, spent millions of dollars, but collapsed in a short time", shot Mateus.


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