(Bukavu) Floods and landslides caused by heavy rains on Thursday in South Kivu, in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo, left at least 394 dead whose bodies were found, according to a new report released Sunday by an administrative official.

This official, Thomas Bakenga, administrator of the territory of Kalehe, in which the affected villages are located, had reported Saturday at least 203 dead.

“We are now at over 390 bodies found. 142 in Bushushu, 132 in Nyamukubi and 120 have just been found floating on Lake Kivu” at the level of the island of Idjwi, Bakenga told AFP on Sunday afternoon.

“Since Thursday, we’ve been finding bodies every minute and burying them,” he added.

A provisional official report advanced Friday evening by the authorities of the province of South Kivu evoked at least 176 deaths.

Several villages were submerged, many houses washed away, fields devastated, when rivers came out of their beds under the effect of torrential rains.

On the spot, the victims lack everything. According to Mr. Bakenga, “the provincial government gave assistance: a boat full of food (beans, flour), tarpaulins, medicines…”.

At the end of Friday’s Council of Ministers, Kinshasa announced the dispatch of a “government mission to support the provincial government in the management of this disaster”. He declared a day of national mourning on Monday.

Doctors Without Borders (MSF) also said it had dispatched an emergency team to the site on Saturday.

The disaster came two days after floods killed at least 131 people and destroyed thousands of homes in neighboring Rwanda.

UN chief Antonio Guterres stressed on Saturday during a visit to Burundi that it was “a new illustration of an acceleration of climate change and its dramatic consequences for countries that are not not to blame for global warming” of the planet.