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Storm kills 62 in Angola - report

[PICTURE FOR ILLUSTRATION] An Angolan child crosses a flooded street in a suburb of the capital Luanda in 2010. Picture: Rafael Marchante

[PICTURE FOR ILLUSTRATION] An Angolan child crosses a flooded street in a suburb of the capital Luanda in 2010. Picture: Rafael Marchante

Published Mar 13, 2015

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Luanda - Torrential rains have killed 62 people, more than half of them children, in the Angolan town of Lobito, official news agency Angop said on Thursday, citing firefighters.

The Bairro Novo neighbourhood of Lobito, located on the Atlantic coast about 500 kilometres south of the capital Luanda, was worst affected by the downpours on the night from Wednesday to Thursday, with the water up to three metres deep in places, the agency added.

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Thirty-five of the 62 dead were children, it said.

President Jose Eduardo dos Santos asked the provincial government to help the families affected by the tragedy, while offering his condolences to the relatives of the dead, a presidency statement said.

Violent storms come to Angola every spring, causing landslides and floods that hit the country's poor neighbourhoods the hardest.

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One person was already killed in a storm on Tuesday that also destroyed 137 houses and left more than 400 families homeless in Luanda, the local government said.

AFP

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