Kinshasa, 15 December, 2022 / 9:50 pm (ACI Africa).
Members of the National Episcopal Conference of Congo (CENCO) are appealing to the Congolese government to address the causes of flooding in the country after over 140 people were reportedly left dead when floods and mudslides hit the country’s capital, Kinshasa.
In a message in which Catholic Bishops in DRC express their solidarity with the Archbishop of Kinshasa, Fridolin Cardinal Ambongo, CENCO members acknowledge that the government had responded promptly to the Tuesday, December 13 incident, and call for action to stop further deaths in the Central African nation.
“We commend the Government's promptness in responding and the humanitarian initiatives for the victims and the fact that the State has taken full responsibility for the funeral of the victims,” Catholic Bishops in DRC say in their statement dated December 14.
They add, “We ask the Congolese Government and the Provincial Government to do everything possible to accelerate the sanitation work and the urbanization process in the city of Kinshasa. It is the same for the other big cities of our country.”
“It is up to the Government to ensure the safety of the population and thus avoid too many deaths,” CENCO members say.