Burundi: Floods in Gatumba - Emergency Plan of Action (EPoA) Update, DREF n° MDRBI014


Summary of major revisions made to the emergency plan of action:

Although the implementation of activities in this operation have been completed, the delivery of replenishment stocks to Burundi RC has been affected by delays in shipping and customs clearance. In addition, since the items being shipped to Burundi were donated by Canadian RC to IFRC GLS, and these items (which are now out of stock in IFRC GLS warehouse) need to be replenished at IFRC GLS, IFRC made by the Canadian RC, it is necessary to have more time to complete this procurement process. As such, Burundi Red Cross Society is requesting for a two-months’ timeframe extension (new end date: 18 October 2018) of the operation to enable the IFRC to deliver and replace the replenishment stocks.

In addition, extension will allow the National Society to conduct the planned lessons learnt workshop, which will allow to record the challenges and lessons brought forth by this operation. This way, future planning will be informed by the information gathered.

A. Situation analysis

Description of the disaster

On 4 May, a heavy rainfall led to flooding in Gatumba, located at approximately 12 kilometres from the city of Bujumbura. This was one of the many floods which have affected the country since January 2018. 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 6 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.

The flooding had severe consequences with 12,956 people (2,143 men, 2,258 women and 8,555 children) and 2,133 houses affected in 9 locations [see tables in attachment].

Damage to infrastructure, including bridges and roads was also reported, hampering access to the affected population. After a 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 277,647.81 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.