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Eastern Congo landslide kills at least 20 people

At least 20 people were killed in a landslide in eastern Congo, the government said on Monday.

The landslide occurred in Bolowa village in Masisi territory on Sunday, Lt. Col. Guillaume Ndjike Kaiko announced in a statement.

“As a result of this unfortunate incident, twenty people among our compatriots lost their lives and others are still missing and being searched for,” he said.

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At least 20 people were killed in a landslide that occurred in Bolowa village on Sunday.

At least 20 people were killed in a landslide that occurred in Bolowa village on Sunday. (Fox News)

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About 25 mothers with their children were doing laundry in a stream at the foot of a mountain when the landslide happened, burying some of them, Alphonse Mushesha Mihingano, a local administrator told The Associated Press.

Eastern Congo’s been wracked by violence linked to more than 120 armed groups fighting for power, land and natural resources, while some fight to protect their communities. Landslides in this town don’t happen often, however they sometimes occur in other parts of the area.

Last September about 100 people died in Bihambwe village in Masisi territory from a landslide.

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