(Updated) Burundi – Hundreds Displaced After More Severe Weather

Update, 02 April 2020:

IOM reported on 31 March that heavy rainfall had affected the provinces of Cibitoke and Bubanza in Burundi from 27 to 29 March, affecting 520 people, of which 354 were displaced. Around 104 homes were damaged or destroyed.

Original report, 25 March 2020:

Further reports from the International Organization for Migration (IOM) reveal that at least 1 person died, 1 is missing and almost 700 people were displaced after severe weather in Burundi over the last few days.

In the period 16 to 22 March, 2020, heavy rain caused damages in Bujumbura Mairie, Rumonge, Gitega and Ruyigi provinces. One fatality was reported in Bugarama in Rumonge after heavy rain on 18 March. Around 20 homes were damaged or destroyed, displacing 89 people.

Also on 18 March, heavy rain hit Muha in Bujumbura Mairie Province. IOM reports that over 750 people were affected and 517 were displaced, with over 300 homes damaged or destroyed. One person is reported missing.

Two days earlier, heavy rain on 16 March destroyed or damaged over 40 homes in Itaba Commune in Gitega Province, leaving 30 people displaced and affecting a further 124 people. The next day heavy rain affected Butezi in Ruyigi Province, damaging 15 homes and displacing 37 people.

Strong winds affected parts of Rumonge province, damaging homes and displacing 10 people.

The country has experienced severe weather, in particular flooding and heavy rain, since February this year, when 11,000 people were displaced. Further flooding was reported in early March.