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23 Oct 2009 description

BUJUMBURA, 23 October 2009 (IRIN) - Heavy rains have destroyed 214 homes, leaving about 1,070 people without shelter in Gihanga commune, western Bubanza province.

Crops were also destroyed. "The worst hit is Village 5 where 104 houses were destroyed and crops of cassava, beans and maize were completely damaged," Gordien Kanjori, administrator of Gihanga commune, told IRIN.

Zacharie Nzoyisaba from Village 5 told IRIN: "I am living in difficult conditions; my roof of iron sheets has collapsed.

29 Apr 2009 description

BUJUMBURA, 29 April 2009 (IRIN) - Weeks of torrential rains in and around Bujumbura have worsened living conditions for thousands of residents of an informal settlement on the outskirts of the capital, most of whom have been displaced for years.

The rains have swept away most of the mud houses at the water-logged Sabe site and most residents now spend nights in the cold at a nearby fuel station.

A few have attempted to reconstruct their homes but the flooded ground means they cannot dig deep enough to put up the structures.

"I am trying to rebuild my home, which was …

15 Apr 2009 description

BUJUMBURA, 15 avril 2009 (IRIN) - Des inondations causées par les pluies ont provoqué le déplacement de plus de 8 000 personnes, endommagé au moins 1 200 habitations, et détruit les cultures dans une commune située au nord de Bujumbura, capitale du Burundi, selon un responsable.

« Les pluies ont détruit de nombreuses maisons et un grand nombre de cultures ; d'autres sont encore inondées », a indiqué Moise Ndayisenga, administrateur de la commune de Buterere.

De nouvelles pluies sont tombées le 12 avril à Buterere - une région située à basse altitude - mais certaines zones restant …

14 Apr 2009 description

BUJUMBURA, 14 April 2009 (IRIN) - Rain-induced floods have displaced over 8,000 people in a commune north of Bujumbura, the Burundian capital, and damaged at least 1,200 houses as well as crops, an official has said.

"The rains have destroyed many houses and crops; others are still flooded," Moise Ndayisenga, the administrator of Buterere Commune, said.

More rain fell on 12 April in Buterere - a low-lying area - but the displacement and damage caused has not been fully assessed because some locations are still inaccessible, the official said.

At Maramvya, a settlement in …