WorldDRC: rivers polluted by toxic substances

DRC: rivers polluted by toxic substances


AA / Kinshasa / Pascal Mulegwa

Two rivers in the center of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have been polluted with toxic substances spilled from a diamond mining plant in Angola, Congolese Environment Minister Ève Bazaïba said on Tuesday.

For three weeks, the waters of the Kasai and Tshikapa rivers have suffered “discoloration caused by a spill of toxic substances from a factory specializing in industrial diamond mining in the province of Lunda Norte”, in northern Angola, Minister Ève Bazaïba declared to the Anadolu Agency, affirming that the damages are “serious”.

Kinshasa sent experts to the region on Monday to inspect the inventory. “Dead fish float on the surface and the corpses of aquatic animals, such as hippos are visible,” for his part lamented MP Guy Mafuta, elected representative of Tshikapa.

“There are already many cases of diarrhea and vomiting among populations who still consume these waters, the only ones they have. This portends a difficult time for the population. We urgently need to build water wells, ”declared the elected official.

During the meeting of the Council of Ministers last Friday in Kinshasa, President Félix Tshisekedi noted that this situation “requires a rapid assessment of the damage to effectively manage water pollution”.

He called for “the solidarity of the international community to come to the aid of populations in danger”.

He also instructed the government to “take the necessary steps to obtain explanations from the Angolan ambassador accredited to the DRC as to the occurrence of this situation and to consider reparation for the damage caused”, d ‘after a report.

The Kasai River is an important tributary of the Congo River.

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