Cameroon’s Prime Minister – Head of Government, Chief Dr. Joseph Dion Ngute has paid last respect to each of the 43 victims who lost their lives in the landslide in Bafoussam III Subdivision in Mifi Divisionof the West region on the night of 29th October 2019.
In a solemn ceremony, full of grief at the Bafoussam Grand Stand, men of God from Christian and Muslim backgrounds took turns to pray for the peaceful repose of the souls of the men, Women and children who died in their sleep as heavy rains washed their houses down and buried them in the mud.
They also prayed the Almighty God to bless the land and prevent a repeat of such a disaster which occurred days after the anniversary of another tragedy; the Eseka train crash that claim over over 80 lives in 2018.
The Prime Minister transmitted the message of consolations of the President of the Republic to the families of each of the 43 victims.
The elite of the region also turnedout at the ceremony to condole with the bereaved and provide assistance to survivors.
Amongst the 43 people who died in the Gouache landslide disaster are entire families, pregnant women and children.
The entire nation mourned alongside those in Bafoussam as the Saturday, November 9, 2019 which had been decreed by the President of the Republic as Day of National Mourning.
Flags flew at halfmast and officials of Public and private services observed moments of silence in honour of the victims.
Prior to the official ceremony, Prime Minister Joseph Dion Ngute visited the site of the landslide. West Regional Governor, Awa Fonka Augustine who headed the local crisis Committee briefed the Prime Minister on rescue efforts.
He indicated that survivors are responding to treatment while resettlement efforts are ongoing.
He added that the Military Engineering Corps joined others teams on the ground to carry out works on the rehabilitation site at Bamougoum.
In the meantime those who houses were destroyed are hosted by goodwill Cameroonians who offered their homes as a show of solidarity.