The Ministry of Housing and Urban Development (Minhdu) recently announced the "immediate evacuation" of Nkol Etam in Mbankolo, where a landslide killed several people. According to the Minhdu, the place is not safe for people still living there so, they will be moved to a yet-to-be-determined site.
The Minhdu indicates that a task force has already been set up to organize the evacuation. For the time being, all we know is that the said task force will coordinate the evacuation with the senior divisional officer for the Mfoundi division (Yaounde), Emmanuel Mariel Djikdent.
While waiting for the working group to submit its report, Minhdu reports that the search for other bodies is continuing in Mbankolo. The imminent arrival of an excavator is expected to speed up the search. The official death toll has not yet changed. As of yesterday, it was over 27 dead and some twenty injured.
The tragedy occurred last Sunday following heavy rain, which caused a rise in the levels of a stream near the site. The stream burst its banks causing the collapse of around thirty houses. While regretting the accident, the government notes that the area had already been deemed uninhabitable, a fact that did not seem to bother people living there.
Michel Ange Nga