A. Situation analysis
Description of the disaster Starting from January 2018, intense rainfall was recorded in various areas of Burundi, including Gatumba, where flooding was recorded on 4 May 2018. Gatumba is located at approximately 12 kilometres from the city of Bujumbura. Like many others, this area is prone to periodic flooding and has a population comprising of farmers, livestock and small traders. A joint assessment conducted on 9 May by Burundi Red Cross Society, the government of Burundi, OCHA, WFP, UNICEF, IOM, NRC, Millions for One and PACT in six sites in Gatumba indicated that flooding in Gatumba was caused by overflow of two rivers, Rusizi 1 and 2, which are tributaries of Lake Tanganyika crossing Gatumba area from Kivu.
Damage to infrastructure, including bridges and roads were also reported, which hampered access to the affected population. After a joint needs assessment, urgent support was required for 12,956 people in Gatumba in the following sectors; Shelter, WASH, livelihoods and basic needs, health and protection, gender and inclusion.
In support of actions already undertaken by Burundi Red Cross Society and upon request of the NS, the IFRC launched a DREF operation for CHF 277,648 to reach approximately 30 percent of the affected population i.e. 3,885 people (777 households) in the areas of Shelter, WASH and PGI through this DREF operation for a period of 3 months. However, in August when the operation was about to close, the National Society noted that some nonfood items had not yet been delivered for the replenishment of Burundi Red Cross utilized stocks due to delays in shipping and customs clearance. As such, Burundi Red Cross Society was granted a two-month timeframe extension until 18 October 2018 through an Operations Update to enable the IFRC to deliver the replenishment stocks and conduct the lessons learnt workshop. This brought the overall operational timeframe to five months.
The major donors and partners of the DREF include the Red Cross Societies and governments of Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Monaco, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden and the USA, as well as DG ECHO, the UK Department for International Development (DFID), AECID, the Medtronic and Zurich Foundations and other corporate and private donors. The IFRC, on behalf of the Burundi Red Cross Society, extends its thanks to all partners for their generous contributions.