Burundi

A USAID/OFDA-supported community farming association preparing land to plant beans in southern Burundi’s Makamba Province
A USAID/OFDA-supported community farming association preparing land to plant beans in southern Burundi’s Makamba Province.
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Key Developments

Heavy rainfall beginning on February 9, 2014, triggered floods and resulting landslides, which resulted in at least 77 deaths and displaced approximately 12,000 people in Burundi’s capital of Bujumbura as of February 13, according to international media. Flooding primarily affected the northern areas of Bujumbura, with Buterere and Kinama communes experiencing significant damage. The Burundi Red Cross—identified by the Government of Burundi (GoB) as the lead agency for the floods response—provided emergency shelter and water and sanitation assistance to displaced populations. Flood-affected populations also required food items and emergency relief commodities, according to the GoB.

On February 13, 2014, U.S. Ambassador Dawn M. Liberi declared a disaster due to the effects of the floods. In response, USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) provided $100,000 through USAID/East Africa to Catholic Relief Services to procure and distribute relief supplies, including blankets, kitchen sets, and soap, to approximately 4,600 affected families.

Background

Burundi, like other countries in the East and Central Africa region, faces a range of hazards, including drought, floods, and seismic events. Additional factors such as conflict, climate variability, rapid population growth, slow economic development, political instability, and limited government capacity compound risks to populations by increasing their vulnerability to disasters.

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Last updated: February 18, 2014

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