Rescue workers search through the rubble following a landslide in Bafoussam, Cameroon. Picture: Leclerc Tsakem/AP

Moscow - The number of people killed due to the heavy landslide in the western part of Cameroon has grown to 42, media reported on Wednesday.

The landslide, caused by heavy rains, occurred in one of the districts in the city of Bafoussam. The previous reports indicated that 30 people were killed as a result of the landslide​​​.

Six men, ten women and 26 children were among those 42 killed, Cameroon Radio Television broadcaster reported.

Identities of 36 victims were formally identified, the media noted.

Cameroon deployed rescue workers and its military to search the wreckage of houses hit by a landslide that killed dozens of people in the western village of Bamoungoum, near the regional capital Bafoussam. Picture: Leclerc Tsakem/AP


Rescue workers carry a body from the rubble of a landslide in Bafoussam, Cameroon. Picture: Leclerc Tsakem/AP


Rescue workers search through the rubble following a landslide in Bafoussam, Cameroon. Picture: Leclerc Tsakem/AP


Rescue workers search through the rubble following a landslide in Bafoussam, Cameroon. Picture: Leclerc Tsakem/AP

The rescue operation was temporarily scrapped due to torrential rainfalls, while the local authorities urged people to leave affected areas, as there is a risk of another landslide.

Rescue workers search through the rubble following a landslide in Bafoussam, Cameroon. Picture: Leclerc Tsakem/AP

The country is yearly affected by the rainy season, which begins in April and ends in November and leads to considerable damage to the country's infrastructure and transport network.

A heavy landslide, triggered by heavy rains, has reportedly claimed the lives of 42 people in the western part of Cameroon. Video: Zodidi Dano / African News Agency.

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