During the night of 9 Feb 2014 torrential rains fell for around 10 hours and caused flooding, mudslides and landslides in five communes of Burundi's capital, Bujumbura. By 12 Feb, two more areas, Kinyinya and Kijaga in Mutumbuzi commune, Bujumbura rural province had been affected. 64 people were reported dead. Over 940 homes were destroyed and nearly 12,500 people were made homeless. Most families lost everything they owned. Infrastructure, including roads and power supplies, as well as crops and livelihoods were also destroyed. (IFRC, 24 Oct 2014)
Roads promote economic activity, a stabilizing force
But extreme rains threaten Burundi’s road network
So the country is learning to plan for natural disasters
Small and landlocked, Burundi depends on roads, and only roads, to move its people and goods. And as climate change leads to increasingly extreme weather, those roads are at risk from flooding and landslides.
During the night of Sunday, 9 February 2014, torrential rains (that fell for around 10 hours) caused flooding, mudslides and landslides in five communes namely: Buterere, Kamenge, Kanyosha, Kinama, and Ngagara in Bujumbura, the capital of Burundi. Bujumbura is located on a plain between a range of hills and Lake Tanganyika, which makes certain areas of the town vulnerable to heavy rainfall and landslides. On 12 February, the Kajaga and Kinyinya areas in Mutumbuzi commune, Bujumbura rural province, were also affected.
BUJUMBURA, 6 August 2014 (IRIN) - Thousands of people displaced by floods and a mudslide in the Burundian capital Bujumbura and surrounding areas in February 2014 need more help to reconstruct their homes and livelihoods, aid workers say.
“These people who haven’t been resettled and even those who have gone back to their homes are in need of proper shelter, food and blankets,” Methode Niyungeko, coordinator of the Platform for the Prevention of Risks, a local NGO, told IRIN.
By Adriana Arrieta
It’s the first time a disaster like this has occurred in Bujumbura. On the night of 9-10 February 2014, a natural disaster hit the Burundian capital. Rain fell incessantly on the city and the surrounding area for almost ten hours, causing rivers to rise and landslides. The working-class neighbourhoods of Kinama and Kamenge in the north of Bujumbura were among the worst affected areas.
Les victimes des inondations qui ont frappé la capitale burundaise dans la nuit du 9 février 2014 ne sont pas encore remises de cette catastrophe. Au cours de cette phase de reconstruction, les besoins continuent à se faire sentir.
Aide aux victimes des inondationd de fevrier dernier
Suite aux inondations qui ont frappé le Burundi en février dernier, le Gouvernement Princier vient de verser 10.000 euros à la Croix-Rouge locale pour soutenir les populations sinistrées et aider à la reconstruction.
Des pluies diluviennes se sont abattues dans la nuit du 8 au 9 février dans la capitale du Burundi, Bujumbura, et ses environs causant une véritable catastrophe naturelle. Dans la capitale, plus de 400 maisons se sont effondrées ou ont été emportées, touchant principalement les quartiers les plus populaires.
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Following a recent promise made by Foreign Minister Dr. Tedros Adhanom on a visit to Bujumbura, Ethiopia has sent aid materials to support rehabilitation of flood victims in Burundi. The material included 50,000 corrugated iron sheets, 5,000 blankets and other household utensils, amounting to a value of 12 million Ethiopian Birr. The material is being transported in Ethiopian Air Force planes.
Bujumbura, 23 May 2014 – Severe flooding in Burundi has affected thousands of people around the capital, Bujumbura. The death toll since February's initial flooding is at least 77. Displaced communities have been among the most affected.
"The heavy rain came with a strong wind. It came into the house and everything was destroyed", said Ndayishimiye Ntampera, who lives in Gatumba, a town 15 kilometres from Bujumbura.
Syria: The security situation had deteriorated with escalating violence in the West of the country resulting in population displacement and hampering the delivery of humanitarian assistance. Large numbers of newly displaced are heading to the calmer regions of Idleb governorate, which hosts over 500,000 IDPs. In the East, Iraqi helicopters hit an opposition convoy in the first strike claimed by Iraq inside Syria since the conflict began.
Snapshot 16–23 April
Central African Republic: Renewed clashes between anti-balaka and Seleka fighters occurred in several locations in central, northern, and southwestern provinces. MISCA soldiers are being redeployed to cover areas previously secured by the Chadian contingent. A Christian religious leader was killed and four were abducted in two northern towns, while 30 Christian civilians were reportedly killed in a central town.
Bujumbura, Burundi, 22 avril (HCR) – Des inondations ont affecté une grande partie de la capitale burundaise en février 2014, touchant sans distinction les citoyens burundais et des milliers de réfugiés urbains, tout comme les personnes qui leur sont venues en aide.
« Je suis très reconnaissante à Cady qui a généreusement offert de me recevoir après ce qui s'est passé », dit Mama Furaha. « C'est Cady ma vraie famille maintenant, parce que c'est elle qui m'a vraiment aidée quand j'étais sur le point de mourir », ajoute-t-elle.
BUJUMBURA, Burundi, April 22 (UNHCR) – The flood waters that swept through the capital of Burundi this year did not distinguish between citizens of Burundi and the thousands of urban refugees living among them. Neither did those who came to their rescue.
"Cady is my true family now because she is the one who really helped me when I was about to die," says Mama Furaha, an 80-year-old Congolese refugee who survived the February floods with her three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, but lost most of her possessions.
Un cadeau pascal pour les victimes des inondations du 09-10 février 2014. Le Syndicat National du Personnel Paramédical et Aide-soignant (SYNAPA) a volé au secours de ces victimes ce vendredi 18 avril 2014.
Syria: Violence is intensifying in Damascus, with increased attacks from both the Government and the opposition. In Aleppo, fighting between Syrian troops and opposition fighters is causing further casualties. In the east, infighting between rival opposition factions has led to a reinforcement of Iraqi troops’ positions on the Iraqi side of the border. To date, over nine million people are in need of assistance, and more than 2.6 million have fled the country. In early April, humanitarian assistance was allowed in besieged areas in Aleppo for the first time since June.
Il va bientôt faire 3 mois que les victimes des inondations du 9-10 février 2014 sont hébergés dans les abris d’urgence et dans des sites créés à cet effet. Après cette phase d’urgence, doit suivre la phase de relèvement précoce. C’est au cours de cette phase que les victimes commencent progressivement à regagner ce qui était chez eux pour se préparer à la phase finale de reconstruction.
Ce mardi 08 avril 2014, AVSI a décidé d’emboiter le pas aux autres bienfaiteurs dans l’assistance des victimes des inondations qui ont frappé le nord de la capitale Bujumbura en février dernier. L’aide apportée pourra notamment permettre aux écoliers et élèves de bien affronter le dernier trimestre de l’année.
Syria: Violence continues in and around Damascus, with government shelling and retaliation attacks from opposition fighters. Armed confrontations are also reported in the northwest, near the Syria–Turkey border, including in Lattakia where heavy fighting has continued for two weeks. To date, over nine million people are in need of assistance, and more than 2.6 million have fled the country. In late March, successful negotiations allowed food distribution to four million people. This was the first dispatch to all provinces for six months.
Syria: Violence continues with government forces shelling areas recently gained by opposition fighters in Lattakia province, along the western Turkish border. In the northeast, aid convoys have crossed from Turkey, enabling relief agencies to deliver assistance to communities in need at the border area. In a further political development, the Turkish government stated its readiness to launch cross-border military operations in Syria if its national security was threatened.