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Congo landslide death toll likely to rise over 200 - Ituri governor

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Congo landslide death toll likely to rise over 200 - Ituri governor

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DAKAR (Reuters) – A landslide in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo is likely to have killed more than 200 people, based on estimates from the number of households submerged, the governor of affected Ituri province said on Friday. The landslide struck the village of Tora, on the shores of Lake Albert, a seismically active zone in the western Rift Valley, on Thursday. “There are many people submerged whom we were unable to save,” Pacifique Keta, the governor of Ituri province, where Tora lies, told Reuters by telephone. “The rescue is very complicated because there are mountains everywhere, which makes it very difficult to have access.”

(Reporting by Tim Cocks; Editing by Angus MacSwan)
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