updated 4/5/2006 6:19:15 PM ET 2006-04-05T22:19:15

Torrential rain that lashed Angola's capital killed 13 people, including five children, and severely damaged or destroyed more than 400 houses, an official said Wednesday.

Two people are still missing after the downpour that lasted from Monday night to Tuesday morning, Luanda's urban management chief Helder Jose told a news conference.

More than 1,000 people were left homeless in the shanty towns that ring the coastal city. An estimated 1 million people live in single-room houses made of clay bricks and with tin roofs.

Jose said some of the dead were killed in mudslides or crushed by falling debris. Others were electrocuted as electricity cables fell into storm-driven torrents, he said.

He gave no further details about the dead.

Authorities in recent years have urged locals to move out of the slums built on sloping, hard-packed earth, which often gives way in heavy rain.

However, locals say they have nowhere else to go. Most of them fled from rural areas to the capital during Angola's two-decade civil war, which ended four years ago.

The shanty towns have no paved roads or drains and are often piled up with heaps of trash.

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