Burundi

Burundi: Cibitoke Flood Operation n° MDRBI004

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Situation Report
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GLIDE n° FL-2010-0000057-

The International Federation's 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 and Red Crescent emergency response. 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.

CHF 53,230 (USD 50,217 or EUR 36,459) has been allocated from the Federation's Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support the National Society in delivering immediate assistance to some 990 beneficiaries. Unearmarked funds to repay DREF are encouraged.

Summary: Heavy rains were experienced in the western region of Burundi in February 2010 and subsequent flooding afterwards affected several areas of Cibitoke and Bujumbura Rural Provinces where an estimated 198 families (990 people) had their houses damaged. Burundi Red Cross Society (BRCS) Brigade Teams in collaboration with Civil Protection and United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) carried out an assessment to determine the needs of the affected families. Non-food items (NFIs) such as shelter and seeds were determined as the immediate needs of the families affected by the floods.

The proposed programme for relief and early recovery includes distribution of basic shelter and NFIs, provision of mosquito nets to pregnant mothers and children under 5 years and distribution of seeds to enable families to replant crops during the current rains.

This operation is expected to be implemented over 3 months, and will therefore be completed by 15 June 2010; a Final Report will be made available 3 months after the end of the operation by 15 September 2010.

The situation

Since February 2010 heavy rains and hail storms have been falling in the western region of Burundi and subsequent flooding affected several areas of Cibitoke and Bujumbura Rural Provinces where an estimated 198 families (990 people) had their houses damaged and 2,938 hectares of crops (rice, beans, cassava and potatoes) destroyed.

The BRCS has been working with branch team leaders, Emergency Brigade Teams in collaboration with local authorities in assessing the damage caused by floods and provision of humanitarian assistance to the most affected households.

In Cibitoke province, the situation has not changed since the flooding, families are still displaced from their homes and are temporally being housed by neighbors and relatives.