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"Other top priorities are shelter and relocation of survivors..."
The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has said that the official death toll in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has reached 443 following sustained emergency response efforts to address the ongoing heavy rainfall.
According to the OCHA, numerous individuals are wounded, while several others remain unaccounted for due to the floods and landslides caused by heavy rains in early May. Rescue and response personnel are urgently requesting heavy equipment to excavate and to bury the deceased individuals, particularly in the Kalehe region within the eastern territory of South Kivu province.
"Other top priorities are shelter and relocation of survivors, food assistance and fixing roads and bridges, so we can reach people affected," OCHA said.
According to OCHA, more than 3,000 houses and schools serving more than 9,000 children are damaged.