Burundi Floods – Bujumbura Death Toll Rises

As expected, the death toll is rising in Bujumbura. The landslide and flood disaster struck the Burundi capital of Bujumbura on 10 February.

The flash flooding and landslides caused so much destruction that it was impossible to tell just how many victims had been caught in their wake.

Yesterday a statement made by the Burundi Red Cross gave outside media a little more insight into the situation, although the picture is still far from clear.

In the statement they said that the death toll has now risen to at least 77, many of them children. On Tuesday the government declared a two-day period of national mourning. There are still many people missing since the disaster struck and the death toll is expected to rise further. Around 84 people have been injured. The flash floods and landslides destroyed over 1,000 homes and have left as many as 12,000 people displaced.

Local weather forecasters have warned that further heavy rain is still to come and likley to remain a possibility until the ned of the month.

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Source: Trust