Landslide kills 14 in Cameroon

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At least 14 people were killed on Sunday by a landslide that occurred during a funeral ceremony in Yaoundé, Cameroon.

Al Jazeera reported the confirmed death toll was given by the regional governor, Naseri Bea, as rescuers continue to search for dozens of people still missing.

Bea described the area where the landslide occurred as a “very dangerous place.” He encouraged people to stay away from the Damas district on the eastern outskirts of Yaoundé.

According to Al Jazeera, the disaster occurred as people were gathering on a soccer field at the base of a 20-meter-high embankment.

Landslides occur relatively frequently in Cameroon, but are rarely as deadly as Sunday’s incident in Yaoundé.

In May 2021, 27 miners died in a landslide that led to the deportation of more than 1,000 illegal miners.

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In addition, 43 people died in the western city of Bafoussam in 2019 when a landslide triggered by heavy rain swept away a dozen precarious houses built on the side of a hill.

Journal of African Earth Sciences it also recorded a 2001 landslide that occurred in volcanic cones in Limbe and killed 24 people.

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