Kids drown in rampant Burundi floods

Floodsfrom OMEGA SSUUNA in Bujumbura, Burundi
BUJUMBURA, (CAJ News) – AT least four people, including three children, have drowned in the floods afflicting the Burundian capital Bujumbura.

Hundreds of residents have been left homeless and one person seriously injured following the heavy rains that have flooded 25 households and completely destroyed 43 houses.

The Carama district is submerged due to a weak channeling of the waters of the mountains which overhang it.

Volunteers from the Red Cross are making frantic efforts to find accommodation for homeless families in the poor Buterere and Buyenzi districts south of Bujumbura.

The humanitarian organisation is disinfecting flooded latrines to prevent epidemic diseases such as cholera.

Désiré Bundoyi, Red Cross Municipal Secretary, urgent needs include, among other things, disinfectants for spraying affected households, food and non-food items for poor households affected by the floods.

The torrential rains in Bujumbura this past weekend came after floods caused massive destruction in the northwestern city of Cibitoke last week.

Dozens of families were left homeless after 37 houses collapsed in the city bordering Rwanda.

Latrines were flooded, raising fears of renewed outbreaks of cholera.

The Red Cross has begun construction and rehabilitation of destroyed houses as well as providing food and non-food items to victims of the disaster.

A landslide caused by heavy rain left at least six people dead in Bujumbura last month. About 50 people were injured

The tragedy occurred after heavy rains triggered the collapse of a hillside near the Gasenyi River.

– CAJ News 

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