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Cameroon: Death toll from Bafoussam landslide nears 50

An image of a child rescued from the mudslide in Bafoussam

The death toll from a devastating landslide and flooding that hit Cameroon, Tuesday has risen to nearly 50, according reports.

Among the dead are 26 children and 4 pregnant women. A whole family of 9 perished in the incident. The disaster destroyed at least 13 homes, in Gouache VI, Bafoussam, West Region of the Central African Nation.

More than 50 people remain missing. Rescue officials Tuesday, warned that the death toll might increase.

Officials are still scouring the rubble of destroyed homes for survivors at the site where the landslide occurred.

An image of a young boy who survived the landslide in Bafoussam

Four state Ministers are to hold a crisis meeting in Bafoussam, Wednesday, October 30. The Minister of Town Planning & Urban Development, Celestine Ketcha Courtes, Minister of State Property, Henri Eyebe Ayissi, Minister Surverys & Land Tenure, Minister of Public Health, Manaouada Malachie and Minister of Territorial Administration, Paul Atanga Nji are expected to come up with quick measures to accompany the victims and preempt future disasters.

The government has called for the evacuation of those rendered homeless in the area.

Landslides are quite exceptional in the area although further south they are less rare in the rainy season, notably in the English-speaking Southwest Region.

Last July, a landslide following flooding in the southwestern coastal resort town of Limbe, killed five people.

In Central Africa, heavy rains have continued beyond the rainy season causing severe flooding that has displaced nearly 30,000 people in Cameroon’s neighbour, the Central African Republic.

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