At least 23 people killed after dam bursts in Cameroon's capital -MEDIA

At least 23 people killed after dam bursts in Cameroon
# 09 October 2023 15:10 (UTC +04:00)

A wave of water released by a burst dam has killed at least 23 people in Cameroon's capital Yaounde following heavy rains, the army's rescue unit said on Monday, APA reports citing Reuters.

A colonial-era dam gave way at around 16:00 p.m. (1500 GMT) local time on Sunday, releasing water from a small lake, said Assola Joseph, a local leader in the Mbankolo neighbourhood.

Residents and rescue workers were picking through the debris of rubble, broken timber, uprooted banana trees and corrugated sheeting on a steep hillside on Monday morning.

A Reuters journalist at the scene said at least five bodies had been recovered, and at least 30 houses destroyed.