February 10, 2014

Bujumbura Floods Leave 50 Dead

The clean-up operation is underway
The clean-up operation is underway

At least 50 people are reported to have died after floods and landslides hit the Burundi capital, Bujumbura.

Water and mud flooding down from hills outside the city have washed away hundreds of houses, according to police.

Buterere is one of the worst affected districts of Bujumbura
Buterere is one of the worst affected districts of Bujumbura

“The rain that fell in torrents overnight on the capital caused a disaster,” Security Minister Gabriel Nizigama told reporters.

“We have already found the bodies of 51 people killed when their houses collapsed or were swept away,” he said.

Parts of Bujumbura lie on steep hillsides
Parts of Bujumbura lie on steep hillsides

The AFP news agency reports that torrential rain fell for 10 hours overnight and caused widespread power cuts.

Roads and crops have also been destroyed.

Bujumbura is on a plain that lies between a range of hills and Lake Tanganyika.

Local hospitals are unable to cope with the numbers of wounded
Local hospitals are unable to cope with the numbers of wounded
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