The heavy rain that poured down on Yaounde yesterday (October 8) caused a deadly landslide in the Mbankolo district, where houses are built into the hillsides. According to Daouda Ousmanou, the divisional officer of the Yaounde II district, five bodies have already been removed from the rubble.
However, "the toll could change at any moment", he said on state radio CRTV. Several media outlets that visited the site put the death toll at 13. But, Daouda Ousmanou informs that searches are still ongoing.
Meanwhile, flooding was reported in Mbankomo, just west of Yaoundé. Numerous homes were submerged by the waters, and reports that SBBC was unable to confirm independently claimed one dead.
Heavy rains have been battering the city of Yaounde for several days. A weather forecast issued by the National Meteorological Department (DMN) on October 8 predicted heavy to moderate rainfall in certain regions of the country, including the Centre. "Populations are exposed to a low risk of flooding and landslides along unstable slopes. Residents are advised to remain vigilant," warned the DMN.