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Rains in Luanda caused two dead and one injured in the last 48 hours

Two dead and one injured is the balance of the rains that fell on Luanda over the weekend, which affected 1215 people and caused hundreds of floods, the Civil Protection and Fire Service announced this Monday.

: Ampe Rogério/Lusa
Ampe Rogério/Lusa  

According to the spokesman for the Civil Protection and Fire Service of Luanda, Faustino Minguêns, the rains left 238 homes flooded, five houses destroyed, 243 families affected, totaling 1215 people.

The official highlighted that two minors, aged seven and 14, died, and one person, aged 28, was injured, all of whom were victims of the municipality of Cazenga.

The firefighter's spokesperson said that the seven-year-old child died following a fall of a baobab on the residence in which he lived, which injured another 28-year-old person, both members of the same family.

"The victim ended up losing his life in the hospital, we also had a minor's corpse removed from inside a drainage ditch, in the municipality of Cazenga", he underlined.

Regarding the other death, it is a 14-year-old minor who fell into a drainage ditch.

The director of Engenium, the company responsible for the work, Júlio Martins, said that the company is in solidarity with the family, guaranteeing help.

"We are going to create a way to also help the bereaved family during this week and we are already creating safety mechanisms for the work, to prevent a tragedy of this type from happening again", said Júlio Martins.

The official highlighted that it will continue to rain in the coming months, which should create many constraints, the works being one of them.

"The area where the tragedy took place was perfectly fenced, but we know that with children it is difficult to manage. So I also take this opportunity to appeal to parents and family members to redouble their attention, it is very important because at this stage, while the holes are not covered, we will always have this kind of embarrassment", he stressed.

The balance of rains also points to two landslides, progression of ravines, flooded streets, creating mobility difficulties for people and vehicles, and an increase in the water level in some retention basins.

Faustino Minguêns also appealed to parents to redouble their attention to children, not allowing them to play in spaces where the water level is rising.

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