8 Killed in Burkina Faso Floods

At least 8 people have died and 54 been injured by floods in Burkina Faso. Severe weather, including heavy rain and strong winds, has affected several provinces since 02 August 2015.

The European Commission’s Humanitarian aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO) report that 19,779 people (3,297 households) have been affected, and 1,240 houses destroyed, leaving 3,699 people homeless. The worst affected areas are Ouagadougou and Bobo-Dioulasso provinces.

ECHO say that relief efforts and the needs of victims are only partially covered by the CONASUR (Conseil National de Secours d’Urgence et de Réhabilitation) but gaps are identified in food security, health, rehabilitation and protection.

Other floods in the northern part of the country are currently under evaluation and the number of affected population could reach 122,000 according to CONASUR’s projections.

More Rainfall Forecast

A statement by the government said that August is expected to be a particularly rainy period and that residents should avoid high risk flood-zones, in particular those near rivers and drainage channels.

Between 05 and 06 August, 72 mm of rain has been recorded in Gaoua, Burkina Faso, during a 24 hour period, according to WMO.

NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center’s Africa Hazards Outlook for 06 to 12 August 2015 says that further heavy rain is expected across much of west Africa, which could exacerbate already flooded areas, including Guinea, which saw deadly floods hit during late July.

NOAA also say that “Heavy rain is expected from southern Mali, Burkina Faso, southern Niger, to central Nigeria”.

Floods in Ouagadougou, June 2015

The the city of Ouagadougou was hit by heavy rain earlier this year. Up to 80 mm of rain fell on 24 June 2015, according to local media. Several districts of the city saw severe flooding and one person was reported killed as a result of flooding.