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Atanga Nji brings smile to landslide victims in Bafoussam

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Territorial administration boss Paul Atanga Nji has led a delegation of ministers to Bafoussam following the landslide which has killed over 50 persons

Minister Atanga Nji was visiting the victims as personal representative of the head of state Paul Biya.

He was accompanied in the trip by Ministers Célestine Ketcha Courtès (Housing and Urban Development – Mindhu) and Agriculture and  Gabriel Mbairobe (Agriculture and Rural Development – Minader)

Bearer of condolence message from President Biya, Atanga Nji announces that 100 million will be used to resettle 150 families to safer places while another 100million will be used to compensate families which have lost loved ones

About 58 persons have died in the landslide which occurred on October 28th 2019 with many more still missing as many fear the death toll may rise.

Rescuers are still digging the mud in search of possible survivors.

The incident happened at about 10:30 pm Monday October 28, 2019, at Gouatchié IV, a quarter in Bafoussam Troisieme or III Sub-division.

Many Cameroonians have taken to social media to show concern for the affected victims with images of “I am Bafoussam “ trending on social media.

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A grieving Gouatchié smiles for visiting Kamto as thousands say welcome

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A grieving Bafoussam opens it heart for visiting Kamto

President of Cameroon Renaissance Movement MRC Maurice Kamto is the latest among the list of personalities to visit Gouatchie-Bafoussam landslide victims

The West region has been on the spotlight following the deadly landslide on October 28th 2019 in Gouatchié which killed more than 50 persons, leaving the region in shock and the nation searching its fragile political soul.

Combative and tireless MINAT boss Paul Atanga Nji was one of the first senior senior government officials to arrive the scene with a 200 million package and a three man ministerial delegation after local adminsiators, opening the gates to high profile celebrity visits like rapper Stanley Enow, singer Wax Dey and now government nemesis Kamto with the prime minister awaited there on November 9th 2019.

Images of “I am Bafoussam” has were quick to trend on social media, government responded speedily to the crisis, drawing rare applause from the population even though many agree they have to do more to prevent future disastsers which should be preventable if housing market is properly regulated and citizens evicted from unsafe zones.

Amongst the list of high profile dignagories and celebrities who have visited victims of the landslide in Bafoussam lately, most of their welcoming pale in comparison with the crowd size which welcomed Maurice Kamto today November 7th 2019

The son of the soil and opposition leader is visiting his region of origin for the first time since he was released by a Presidential pardon on October 5th 2019 after the major national dialogue

Kamto’s visist to a people in mourning drew thousands of supporters and sympathizers of his party who trooped the city streets to welcome an illustrious son.

Denizens of Bafoussam carried olive branches (which symbolizes  Peace) and some wore t-shirts of his party, barricaded the streets as many struggle to have a glimpse of a man whose supporters say is the winner of the 2018 Presidential election-one of the very reasons he was jailed earlier this year.

Maurice Kamto was in no political mode none the less, refusing to take advantage of the people’s plights for political gains as he went about consoling victims and visiting hospitals to see for himself the degree of damages caused by the disaster which has kep the nation mourning.

It’s the first time he is seen in the public after his release from prison. He wasn’t seen during a foiled protest organized by his party in some areas of the country last week end.

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One dead, over 20 rescued after canoe capsizes in Idenau

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One person died and over 20 others were rescued after a long and narrow canoe sank on Monday off Idenau, a seaside resort town in south-western Cameroon, according to the Cameroon Navy.

Survivors said local fishermen were the first to arrive and rescue passengers when the canoe started sinking.

Rescuers from the Cameroon Navy later joined the fishermen in the rescue operation that was “quite successful”, according to the Navy officials.

One person dove into the sea in an attempt to swim to safety but did not make it, the officials said.

Rescue mission continues to search for “any missing persons”.

The passengers, mostly students and traders of Cameroonian and Nigerian nationalities, were travelling from Mundemba, another Cameroonian town to Idenau by sea.

Passengers in remote areas of Cameroon’s English-speaking region of Southwest now prefer to travel by sea as a result of a separatist conflict that has displaced thousands and killed hundreds in the region.

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Breaking: Landslide in Bafoussam kills dozens, many trapped

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Reports from Bafoussam, regional capital of the West region says a 10PM landslide yesterday October 28th 2019 has left at least 40 persons dead with more than 50 trapped.

The incident happened at about 10:30 pm Monday October 28, 2019, at Quartier Ngwashie in Bafoussam Troisieme or III Sub-division. More than 10 houses have collapsed, trapping victims as rescue workers continue to find survivors

Municipal and administrative authorities have arrived the scene while Cameroon’s Minister of Territorial Administration, Paul Atanga Nji is en route to the site, Tuesday October 29, 2019, to measure the extend of the destruction and bring relief to survivors-National Telegraph reported.

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