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Landslide Kills at Least 14 at Funeral in Cameroon

Landslide Kills at Least 14 at Funeral in Cameroon


YAOUNDÉ, Cameroon — A landslide in Cameroon’s capital, Yaoundé, killed at least 14 people attending a funeral on Sunday, the region’s governor said.

Rescuers were still searching for others who might have been swept up in the disaster, Naseri Paul Bea, governor of Cameroon’s Centre region, told reporters at the scene.

Dozens of people had been attending a funeral on a soccer field at the base of a 60-foot-high embankment when it collapsed on them, witnesses said.

Yaoundé, a city of about 2.8 million people, is one of the wettest cities in Africa and is made of dozens of steep, shack-lined hills. Heavy rains have triggered several devastating floods throughout the country this year, weakening infrastructure and displacing thousands of people.

Last month neighboring Nigeria experienced its worst flooding in a decade, with hundreds of people killed and 200,000 homes at least partly destroyed.

Scientists found this month that the heavy rainfall that led to the disaster in Nigeria and neighboring countries in October was made about 80 times as likely by human-caused climate change.



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