By Dale Western on 11 April 2013

8 April 2013 Last updated at 12:22 GMT

Angola Map 300X271At least nine people have died in Angola's capital, Luanda, after weekend floods caused by torrential rains.

Four people are also missing after a storm led to the flooding of hundreds of houses, a government official told Angola's Angop news agency.

Landslides forced the closure of some roads, including one near the port, it was reported.

Angola, a major oil producer, is recovering from a 27-year civil war which ended in 2002.

Government official Antonio Resende told Angop the deaths were caused by flood damage to houses.

The areas affected by the flood were on the outskirts of the city, including the Kilamba Kiaxi housing development recently built by the Chinese, Reuters news agency reports.

There has been a construction boom in Luanda in recent years to build infrastructure and housing for the millions of people who sought refuge in the city during the civil war.

Correspondents say property prices are very expensive and many of the city's residents still live in sprawling slums.

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