Heavy Rainfall in Burundi – at Least 15 Killed in Landslide

BUJUMBURA (AA) – At least 15 people were killed near Burundi capital Bujumbura after a hill collapsed on Sunday due to torrential rains, according to Bujumbura Rural Province Governor Jacques Minani.

Kijejete Hill – located in the western Gitaza town overlooking the southwestern Lake Tanganyika – collapsed Sunday night due to heavy rainfall, Governor Minani told The Anadolu Agency.

“The Methodist church was also carried away by the currents… to Lake Tanganyika,” Minani said, adding that 14 vehicles, including seven minibuses, were currently stuck between two rivers.

“Unfortunately, all indications suggest that the death toll will be considerably high,” Minani told AA.

Police have cordoned off National Highway No. 3, which links the capital to the city of Rumonge on the shore of Lake Tanganyika, the governor said.

“Civil protection forces have also headed to the site of the incident to rescue the wounded and recover bodies,” Minani said.

He went on to note that Interior Minister Edouard Nduwimana and Public Safety Minister Gabriel Nizigama had both gone to the site to ensure operations were “running smoothly.”

In February of 2014, torrential rains caused the death of around 70 people in northern Bujumbura province.