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Thu, 12 Mar 2015 17:49 - Updated Thu, 12 Mar 2015 19:26

Benguela: Lobito rain death toll rises to 62

Benguela - The death toll from the rains that hit central Benguela?s Lobito city on Wednesday has risen from 47 to 62, according to data released by the Provincial Commission of Civil Protection and Fire Service.

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Rain damages

Photo: Pedro Parente

Angop learned on the spot that among the dead until now counted, 35 are children.

Most of the dead inhabited the highland area of Lobito city, where the rains left an unprecedented trail of destruction, mainly in the neighbourhoods of Alto Acongo, Vicongo, Bela Vista and Bairro Novo.

In Bairro Novo, for example, the water volume reached a height of three metres, flooding and washing away houses, including a temple.

The search of missing people in “critical” points continues with the involvement of a fire service staff and rescuers.

Of the 62 bodies found so far, five have been delivered to their respective next of kin, while 57 remain unclaimed at the Lobito and Catumbela hospitals morgues.

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