200+ DEAD IN CONGO AS MOUNTAINSIDE COLLAPSES AFTER HEAVY RAINS
200+ people have were killed Wednesday by a massive landslide in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Tora, a fishing village on the coast of Lake Albert in Ituri province was engulfed as the side of a mountain cascaded down and engulfed the houses.
The disaster comes after more than 400 people were killed by a massive mudslide in Freetown, Sierra Leone on Monday.
DEFORESTATION, OVER POPULATION, CHANGE IN RAINFALL DRIVEN BY GLOBAL WARMING
Calling these large scale catastrophes mountain slides or land slides give the casual reader the impression that they are random acts of nature. But as is so often the case, this event and the one that killed hundreds in Sierra Leone earlier in the week are creations of humankind, combined with global warming, which is also a creation of humankind. The immediate cause of the earth collapse was combination of extreme rainfall and deforestation. There is nothing to hold the soil on the mountainside, and it collapses into the valley. People live under these conditions because they have no choice.
The DRC is already in the midst of a major humanitarian crisis, with close to 8 million people living on the brink of starvation.