5 children killed as heavy rains hit Far North region 0

At least five children have died in Cameroon’s Far North region following heavy rains and flood that struck Diamare division of the region, according to local authorities.

“The return of the rains has just caused in the space of 48 hours five deaths by drowning of children ranging in age from seven to 12 years old,” Jean-Marc Ekoa Mbarga, prefect of Diamare division, said in a statement late Thursday.

“This particularly lamentable and embarrassing situation requires of parents and the entire social strata an imperative awareness,” Mbarga said in the statement, urging parents to check and control the movement of their children as the rains persist.

Cameroon’s meteorological center has warned of “continuing turbulent weather,” saying that heavy rains with high winds may continue to hit the region where torrential rains have caused devastating consequences in the past.

Source: Xinhuanet