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The epidemic began in August 2018 in North Kivu province before spreading to neighbouring Ituri and South Kivu -- a remote and largely lawless region bordering Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi.
Thunderstorms and a heavy downpour caused havoc in several villages, destroying dozens of homes, in an unusual rainfall event. A meteorologist said the rainfall could be due to climate change.
It is the latest in a growing list of banned, cancelled or postponed events in Hong Kong's normally packed social calendar.
All proceeds from the registrations of the annual walkathon will be contributed to Al Jalila Foundation towards diabetes research.