Some people came to attend a funeral in the capital of Cameroon. Out of them 14 died due to accidental landslides. This information is known in a report of Al-Jazeera citing the regional governor.

Dozens more are missing in the incident. Rescuers are continuing to search for them.

People gathered on Sunday to attend a funeral ceremony held at a soccer field at the base of a 20-meter-high earthen embankment in the country’s Yaounde region. The landslide happened there.

Witnesses told Reuters the dam collapsed on top of dozens of people.

Paul Biya, governor of the central region that includes Yaounde, said: ‘We counted 10 bodies at the scene, but four bodies had already been taken away before we arrived. A dozen seriously injured people are also in hospital.’

According to the governor, the area where the landslide occurred is a ‘very dangerous place’. He urged residents to stay away from Damas district, on the eastern outskirts of Yaounde.

Survivor Marie Claire Menduga, 50, told AFP: ‘We had just started dancing when the ground collapsed. I dug the earth with my hands to try to get out the buried people. They still have the brown mud on them.’

Although landslides occur relatively frequently in Cameroon, what happened in Yaoundé on Sunday was particularly severe. In 2019, a landslide triggered by heavy rains in the western city of Bafoussam washed over dozens of temporary settlements built on a hillside. It killed 43 people.

(28 November)