Angola: Luanda flood death toll rises to 24, thousands displaced

More than 11,000 people affected and at least 2,300 homes flooded, provincial government says.

Heavy downpours are not unusual in Angola during the southwest African country's rainy season [Osvaldo Silva/AFP]

The death toll from a torrential rainstorm that hit Angola’s capital, Luanda, this week has risen to 24, with more than 2,000 homes flooded, according to officials.

The hours-long storm pounded the coastal city on Monday, triggering flash floods that brought down buildings and swept away trees and cars.

“The number of deaths has risen from 14 to 24,” Luanda’s provincial government said in a statement late on Wednesday.

At least four bridges were destroyed by the floods in the Angolan capital [Osvaldo Silva/AFP]

At least 2,344 homes were flooded and 60 collapsed, it added, according to AFP news agency. A total of 11,745 people have been affected.

Four health centres, four bridges and 14 schools were also submerged.

Rubble was scattered along Luanda’s streets on Tuesday as residents took stock of the damage caused the day before, wading through water-drenched patches of land. Several houses had caved-in roofs and broken-down brick walls.

At the time, the national agency said the flash floods had displaced some 8,000 people.

Heavy downpours are not unusual in Angola during the rainy season.

Forty-one people died and more than 300 homes were destroyed by flooding in January last year, affecting more than 2,000 families.

Source: News Agencies