In the wake of the deadly floods that have killed over 400 people, two newborn babies have emerged as miracle survivors after being rescued from the floodwaters in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
According to a report by the BBC on May 10, the babies were found drifting in the waters near the shores of Lake Kivu in eastern Congo on May 8, three days after the floods began.
Despite being left alone without their parents during the devastating floods, the babies managed to survive, becoming symbols of hope in the midst of tragedy.
They were rescued from two of the worst-hit villages, Bushushu and Nyamukubi, where their parents are believed to have perished in the floods.
It remains unclear how the babies managed to survive the deluge, but witnesses reported seeing them floating on debris.
Local authorities are currently searching for a safe place to care for the babies, who have become a symbol of hope in the midst of the disaster.
The death toll continues to rise as floodwaters recede and more bodies are discovered. As of today, at least 411 people have been confirmed dead, with over 5,000 still missing.
More than 1,300 homes, as well as schools, hospitals, churches, and reservoirs, have been destroyed or damaged.
Survivors are left homeless and struggling to find shelter, while the stench of decomposing bodies and mass graves adds to the horror of the disaster.
Local Red Cross officials have called for swift action to identify and bury the dead, many of whom are badly decomposed.
Meanwhile, Nobel Peace Prize laureate Denis Mukwege has criticized the government’s handling of the crisis, calling for urgent action to address the situation.
President Felix Tshisekedi declared a national day of mourning on May 6 and ordered ministers to provide humanitarian aid and disaster relief, but has been criticized for not visiting the affected areas in person.