2 MAY, 2018
BY RICHARD DAVIES
Burundi Red Cross says that over 2,500 people have been made homeless after floods in the districts of Buterere and Ngagara, close to the city of Bujumbura, Burundi’s capital.
Devastating floods hit the area on 28 April, 2018, after a period of heavy rain. According to local officials, the situation worsened when one of the dykes of the Mutimbuzi River gave way, causing the river to flood nearby communities. Officials say that if the dyke isn’t repaired, the situation will continue to worsen.
In their damage assessment of 30 April, Burundi Red Cross said that the flooding had left 325 houses completely destroyed, 186 partially destroyed and 416 under threat. A total of 2,576 people have been left homeless, with over 1,900 of them children. Many of the victims have lost their homes and possessions and are sleeping in the open.
The Red Cross said that the situation is dire and that those in affected areas urgently need shelter, food and protection.
A landslide triggered by heavy rain left at least 6 people dead and 3 injured near the Gasenyi river in the east of the capital, Bujumbura, on 16 March.
In January 2018 severe weather including flooding left almost 2,000 displaced and destroyed or severely damaged hundreds of homes in Burundi. Over 12,000 people were affected.