Burundi – Floods and Landslides Leave 6 Dead, 160 Homes Destroyed

Torrential rain that began during the evening of 16 March has caused flooding and landslides in northern and western areas of Burundi, including parts of the capital Bujumbura.

Local media, quoting Vice President Gaston Sindimwo, said that the heavy rain caused a landslide in the northwestern town of Mabayi, Cibitoke Province. The landslide smothered several houses and rescuers found five victims, with further searches ongoing.

The heavy rain also caused flooding in several districts of the capital Bujumbura, including Buterere and Kinama. At least one death was reported as a result of the flooding, which also destroyed 162 homes according to the vice president.

Flooding was also reported in other areas of the country, including Kiganda, Muramvya Province in central-western Burundi and Mutimbuzi in Bujumbura-Rural. Full damage assessments are yet to be carried out in these areas.

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Flood summary

Last updated: March 20, 2017
Event
Western Burundi, March 2017
Date
March 16 to March 18, 2017
Type
Landslide, River flood
Cause
Extreme rainfall

Locations

A - Mabayi, Cibitoke Province
B - Mutimbuzi
C - Kiganda
D - Buterere
E - Kinama

Damages

Fatalities
5 people
Mabayi - March 17 to March 18, 2017
Fatalities
1 person
Bujumbura - March 17 to March 18, 2017
Buildings destroyed
162 buildings
Bujumbura - March 17 to March 18, 2017

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