KINSHASA, Democratic Republic of Congo, At least 31 people have died after three weeks of heavy rain have caused floods in the Democratic Republic of Congo city of Kinshasa.
The DRC’s capital endures a long rainy season each year, but with likely help from El Nino, Kinshasa has been hit with almost 18 inches of rain since Nov. 17, amounting to about a third of the annual rainfall.
The city of 11 million people — third largest in Africa after Lagos, Nigeria and Cairo, Egypt — sits on the southern bank of the Congo River, where the areas at the river’s edge have been affected the worst.
Kinshasa’s wet season stretches from October to May, but because of the El Ninosystem, the wet season will be excessive and more flooding is likely. The El Nino also means much of southern Africa will probably suffer drought.
By Shawn Price