Two babies have been miraculously rescued after surviving three days in Lake Kivu in the Democratic Republic of Congo following floods in the region.
“It is a miracle, we were all amazed,” local community leader Delphin Birimbi tells the BBC.
The babies were found floating on debris in the villages of Bushushu and Nyamukubi, the areas worst-hit by the recent devastating floods that have claimed the lives of 400 people.
Although their parents are reported to have perished in the floods, the community has been in touch with individuals who can provide care for the infants.
The circumstances of the babies’ survival remain unclear, but their rescue has been met with relief and gratitude.
According to eyewitness accounts, the infants were found floating on debris, giving some indication of how they managed to survive for three days in the water.
The rescue effort was a testament to the bravery and dedication of those involved in the relief efforts, who worked tirelessly to locate and bring the babies to safety.
As the affected communities continue to grapple with the aftermath of this disaster, the rescue of these two precious lives is a symbol of hope and resilience in the face of overwhelming tragedy.
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The impact of the recent devastating floods in the Democratic Republic of Congo continues to be felt, with distressing scenes emerging from the affected villages.
The Congolese Red Cross has reported that dead bodies are piling up and being wrapped in blankets, causing concerns about the smell of decomposing bodies.
The situation has been compounded by the discovery of more bodies in the mud on Wednesday, bringing the death toll to at least 411, with 317 having been buried so far.
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The tragedy has left the affected communities reeling and in urgent need of support and assistance, as they attempt to come to terms with the enormity of the loss and rebuild their lives in the aftermath of this disaster.
“More bodies are being discovered in a later stage of decomposition,” Congolese Red Cross spokesperson John Kashinzwet tells the BBC.
“Without a large-capacity morgue, safe burial must be done quickly, when identification by family members is possible.”
The Democratic Republic of Congo has been hit by heavy rains that have caused devastating floods, just days after neighbouring Rwanda was also affected by flooding that claimed the lives of over 130 people.
The impact of the back-to-back disasters has been felt across the region, with communities struggling to cope with the scale of the loss and devastation.