Between 20 March and 3 April 2011, heavy rains were experienced in Bujumbura Capital and subsequent flooding affected three communes namely, Ngagara, Cibitoke and Kinama. These localities are populous suburbs of the capital, Bujumbura, with high poverty and weak infrastructure. An estimated 137 households were seriously damaged and 30 cases of cholera were reported in Sabe Area in Ngagara Commune. (IFRC, 30 Aug 2011)
The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent (IFRC) Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) is a source of un-earmarked money created by the Federation in 1985 to ensure that immediate financial support is available for Red Cross Red Crescent response to emergencies. The DREF is a vital part of the International Federation’s disaster response system and increases the ability of National Societies to respond to disasters.
Rainfall deficits persist in eastern Kenya and southern Ethiopia
Significant rainfall deficits of between 100 to 200 mm persist across the northeastern pastoral areas of Kenya, covering the districts of Isiolo and Moyale, and large parts of Marsabit, Samburu, Tana River, and Wajir districts. These districts have received less than 10 percent of their average March‐April‐May (MAM) seasonal totals by the start of the second dekad of May. Similar significant deficits persist in the southern Ethiopia regions of Borena and Liban (Figure 1).
CHF 29,829 has been allocated from the Federation’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support the National Society in delivering immediate assistance to some 137 households. Unearmarked funds to repay DREF are encouraged.
Summary: Between 20 March and 3 April 2011, heavy rains were experienced in Bujumbura Capital and subsequent flooding affected the three communes of Ngagara, Cibitoke and Kinama. An estimated 137 families’ houses were damaged. In Sabe Area in Ngagara Commune, 30 cases of cholera were reported.