Thousands displaced as floods hit Burundi

Written by Moses Havyarimana
Published on 20th May 2021

A woman walks through a flooded street to her home in Gatumba, western Burundi, on May 19, 2021. PHOTO | MOSES HAVYARIMANA | NMG

 Due to rising water levels in Lake Tanganyika and other rivers around the village of Gatumba and the city of Bujumbura, thousands of residents have had to evacuate their homes. Since the start of the year, the water levels in Lake Tanganyika have been rising and have displaced 30,000 people.

 The government have been working to provide land to relocate those affected by the rising water levels. It has been reported that 2000 people have been relocated to Muramvya. Burundi’s Minister of Internal Affairs Gervais Ndirakobuca visited flood victims in Gatumba and stated that more work needs to be done to identify those severely affected by the flooding. In 2020, severe flooding affected 27,000 residents and resulted in 6000 people becoming homeless.

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