Fallen power cable kills 26 in Congo-Kinshasa
Friday, February 4, 2022
At least 26 people were killed on Wednesday in the outskirts of Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo when a high-tension power cable was struck by lightning and fell to the ground near a marketplace.
The country's energy provider,, said it happened during a severe storm and issued condolences to the victims' families. According to local media and police, the incident occurred in the Matadi-Kibala district and the electrocuted victims were mostly women working at the market.
Prime Ministersaid in a statement, "I share the immense pain of the families. My thoughts are also with all the injured." A spokesperson said the government was holding a crisis meeting about relocating the market.
The BBC quoted one merchant as saying rains often caused buyers and sellers at the market to wade through water.
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