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Burundi: Floods and Landslides - Dec 2019

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In the night of 4 to 5 December, 26 people died and over 500 people were affected by torrential rains and landslides which caused devastation in the northwestern provinces of Cibitoke, Bubanza, and the northeastern province of Cankuzo. The death toll and number of people displaced is expected to rise in the days ahead as further information is received and verified from affected areas. (OCHA, 6 Dec 2019)

On December 5th, torrential rains and strong winds triggered flash floods, mudflows and landslides over at least a dozen hills around Nyempundu, Mugina Commune, Cibitoke Province. A total of 9,935 people has been affected, of which 1,081 (206 households) have been displaced and temporarily relocated in communal spaces (churches and schools) and/or hosted by community members. Twenty-seven (27) people have been reported dead, while ten people are still missing. Seven people have been injured and evacuated to the Cibitoke referral hospital. Six of them have been discharged. Crops have been destroyed, livestock killed, and more than nine water access points have been washed away. (IFRC, 30 Dec 2019)

The continuous waves of rainfall occurring in the same areas are gradually increasing the damage toll. 3 people died, 19 injured, and more than 11,000 were displaced as a result of floods in Gatumba, Buterere, Kinama and Bubanza from 28 to 29 January 2020. (OCHA, 11 Feb 2020)

Over the last 10 days, heavy rain has been affecting several provinces of the country, causing widespread floods and leading to casualties. According to [IOM], 1 person died in Rumonge and another one is missing in Bujumbura Mairie. Almost 700 people were displaced and more than 1,600 affected across four provinces (Gitega, Ruyigi, Bujumbura Mairie and Rumonge). (ECHO, 26 Mar 2020)