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.
Following the floods, 64 people were reported dead, of which many were children; 182 persons were injured, 84 of them seriously injured. In poorer areas of Bujumbura, many of the local houses were made from mud bricks, which were not able to resist the mudslides and water. It was estimated that 12,500 people were made homeless after more than 940 homes were completely destroyed. Most families lost everything they owned. Infrastructures, including roads, power supplies, as well as crops and livelihoods were also destroyed. The Government of Burundi allocated 5 evacuation sites to the displaced population - 3 in Bujumbura town and 2 in Bujumbura rural province.
The Netherlands Red Cross/ Silent Emergencies Fund and DG ECHO contributed towards a partial replenishment of the DREF allocated for this operation. The major donors and partners of DREF include the Australian, American and Belgian governments, the Austrian Red Cross, the Canadian Red Cross and government, Danish Red Cross and government, the European Commission Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (ECHO), the Irish and the Italian governments, the Japanese Red Cross Society, the Luxembourg government, the Monaco Red Cross and government, the Netherlands Red Cross and government, the Norwegian Red Cross and government, the Spanish Government, the Swedish Red Cross and government, the United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID), the Medtronic and Z Zurich Foundations, and other corporate and private donors.
IFRC on behalf of BRC would like to thank all partners and the Burundian government for the efforts to mobilize both the national and international community to assist the affected population and support the reconstruction phase.