Death toll from floods in Democratic Republic of Congo tops 400

Last week's floods in the Democratic Republic of the Congo that were triggered by torrential rains have left more than 400 people dead.

Heavy downpours on May 2 and 4 caused floods and flash floods in South Kivu province in the eastern part of the central African country. More than 1,000 houses, schools and other buildings were swept away.

On Tuesday, the United Nations Children's Fund, or UNICEF, said local authorities estimate that the death toll from the floods has reached at least 422. The UN agency also said over 5,000 people are believed to be missing.

Footage from flood-hit areas shows people clearing away debris from destroyed houses and trying to remove large amounts of mud.

Fears are growing about a possible cholera outbreak, as hygiene conditions are worsening in the affected areas.

UNICEF, local Red Cross employees and other aid workers are rushing to deliver relief supplies, such as daily necessities and sanitary kits.

Kinshasa, the capital of the African country, was hit by floods and landslides in December of last year. One hundred and sixty-nine people were killed.