At least 50 people have been killed in the Congolese capital Kinshasa after heavy rains unleashed floods and caused landslides, the city's police chief Sylvano Kasongo said on Tuesday.
Images shared online, which could not be immediately verified, showed entire neighbourhoods flooded with muddy water and tarmac roads ripped apart by sinkholes, according to Reuters.
"We are already at around fifty deaths and that is not yet final," Kasongo said.
Once the site of fishing villages on the banks of the Congo river, Kinshasa has grown into one Africa's largest megacities with a population of around 15 million.
Like in other cities on the continent, poorly regulated rapid urbanisation has made Kinshasa increasingly vulnerable to flash floods after intense rains, which have become more frequent due to climate change.