Caritas Congo Appeals for Humanitarian Aid for Thousands “in dire need” after Floods

A flooded neighborhood in DR Congo's capital, Kinshasa. Credit: Caritas Congo Asbl

Officials of Caritas Congo Asbl, the development and humanitarian arm of the Catholic Bishops in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the National Episcopal Conference of Congo (CENCO), are appealing for humanitarian aid to reach out to thousands of people affected by deadly floods.

Thousands have been affected after River Congo burst its banks, “rising to levels not seen in more than 60 years” and causing deadly flooding, UNICEF has reported. The Wednesday, February 7 report indicates that “eighteen out of DRC’s 26 provinces are affected following exceptionally heavy rainfall over the past couple of months, leaving more than 2 million people – nearly 60 per cent children – in need of assistance.”

In a video message shared with ACI Africa February 7, the Coordinator of Caritas Congo’s Promotion of Solidarity and Sharing Service says that the Central African nation “has been experiencing heavy rains since November, affecting more than 15 provinces. I think we're now up to 16 provinces where the river has overflowed its banks.” 

“People are in dire need of shelter, medical care, food, drinking water, hygiene and sanitation,” Christian Nsangamina says, adding that “over 7,000 households have lost all their possessions.”

Christian Nsangamina. Credit: Caritas Congo Asbl


Mr. Nsangamina says they “are launching a heartfelt appeal to men and women of good will, to humanitarian organizations, social and charitable works, to come to the aid of these flood victims.” 

“The needs in this kind of situation are almost unknown. The needs of these people are multi-sectoral, because when they fled or left their homes, they left everything behind,” Caritas Congo Coordinator continues. 

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He reports that two teams from Caritas Congo Asbl “carried out a field visit in the Districts of Limete and Ngaliema, in the city-province of Kinshasa, to ascertain the situation of the flood-stricken population.”

The findings, Mr. Nsangamina says, showed that “many households are affected.”

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“The floods have forced many to move, in the hope of saving their lives. But as they fled, they forgot everything, they left everything behind. Some were surprised during the night, and others, those who still had time to move, managed to grab something,” the Congolese Caritas official reports in the video recording shared with ACI Africa.

He continues, “Some of the victims are with their families, others in churches, others in schools, others with friends. Obviously, with the overcrowding that exists in the provinces, you can imagine the conditions in which they live.”

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The video message he shared also carries testimonies of victims of the deadly floods in DRC. 


A resident of the Kinsuka-Pêcheur district in the District of Ngaliema is seen lamenting “the extent of the damage” that he says “has seriously affected schools and a large number of private homes.”

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“In some parts of the capital, people are getting around by boat,” he recounts.

On her part, Mamie, another flood victim, says that her house was swallowed up by the waters a few days after her husband's funeral. 

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“My neighbor had helped me move into another house a few meters from mine. Alas, I've been attacked by the river again. It's all in the water,” she says, referring to her new home that has also been flooded.

For Mubunda Remi, another flood victim, it has become difficult to find food as provisions have been washed away, he shares in the video recording Caritas Congo Asbl shared with ACI Africa February 7.

Jude Atemanke is a Cameroonian journalist with a passion for Catholic Church communication. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of Buea in Cameroon. Currently, Jude serves as a journalist for ACI Africa.