By Leocadia Bongben
Greenpeace Africa has attributed the landslide that caused the deaths of about 30 people and left about 31 others injured to poor land use planning. Greenpeace Africa stressed that the incident could have been avoided given the recurrent landslides in Yaounde and in the country.
Stella Tchoukep, Forest Campaigner at Greenpeace Africa, said, “The Mbankolo tragedy is not a new or isolated incident. Most frustratingly, it was predictable.
“Cameroon’s land-use planning process started in 2011 with the Orientation Law for Land Use Planning and Sustainable Development and the validation of the National Land Use Planning and Sustainable Development in 2016. Yet, no effective actions have been implemented thus far. Authorities must ensure that the land is suitable before settlement and restrict certain types of land use where geological and slope stability remain questionable.”
While expressing its deepest condolences to the families of the victims following the landslide in Cameroon’s capital, Yaoundé, Greenpeace Africa urges the Cameroonian government to improve land-use planning for the safety of its citizens.
“Landslides cause considerable economic losses and are becoming more severe due to harmful emissions and obstructing climate action by the fossil fuel industry. It’s time these polluters pay for the loss and damage they caused,” Stella Tchoukep added
In October and November 2022, Yaounde recorded two other mortal landslides in Mimboman and Damas. A similar tragedy occurred in August 2021 in the town of Foumban, killing a father and his two children. Further landslides killed nearly 43 people in 2019 in the city of Bafoussam (West Cameroon).