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150 Families to be evacuated after landslide in Bafoussam

Heavy rains and a landslide have forced folks from a neighborhood in Bafoussam to be evacuated to two districts.

The death toll from a landslide that occurred at Gouache IV, Bafoussam, West Region of Cameroon has killed 43 people, according to official reports.

150 families are forced to leave the area to resettle in two other districts of the same Bafoussam 3 community; Lache and Lemgoue.

The head of state, Paul Biya, has announced an assistance of 200 million CFA francs for the victims and people who will have to settle elsewhere: 100 million francs for at least 50 bereaved families and another 100 million francs for families that are forced to move.

The government has launched an awareness campaign for the city’s population on the risks of occupying non-constructible areas.

On Wednesday, several officials including four state ministers went to the scene to see the extent of the damage. A crisis meeting was held with local authorities to discuss measures. One of the decisions arrived at after the meeting was that these families be evacuated to a safe site.

Paul Atanga Nji, the Minister of Territorial Administration, yesterday said the delegation’s first mission is to condole with the affected families; before evaluating the situation on ground.

They are equally expected to evaluate the needs of the affected population with regards to the human and material loses so far recorded, after which they will forward a report to the Prime Minister Head of Government, Chief Dr Joseph Dion Ngute.

Paul Atanga Nji announced that “if the rains continue to fall, there is a possibility of another landslide in the area, we have asked people to leave,” However measures have been put in place to avoid a landslide in the future.

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