Overall Orange alert Flood
in Burundi

Event summary

This flood can have a medium humanitarian impact based on the magnitude and the affected population and their vulnerability.

GDACS ID FL 1102544
Glide number: FL-2024-000047-BDI
Death: 5
Displaced: 209486
Countries: Burundi
From - To 17 Mar - 03 May

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Burundi - Floods (ECHO 19 Apr 2024)Fri, 19 Apr 2024 10:45

  • Heavy rainfall has been affecting most of Burundi over the last month, causing floods, landslides, rivers overflow and a significant rise in the water level of Lake Tanganyika, causing population displacement and widespread damage. The most affected areas are the western provinces of Bujumbura Mairie (where the capital Bujumbura is the most affected), Rumonge, Makamba and Cibitoke.
  • The IFRC and media report, as of 19 April, approximately 100,000 displaced people, around 162,350 affected people and nearly 1,350 flooded houses in ten communes across the four abovementioned provinces. In addition, according to the IFRC, the port of Rumonge is reported to be flooded, and the port of Bujumbura as partially flooded.
  • On 13 April, Burundi authorities requested assistance via the EU Civil Protection Mechanism (UCPM) in the form of technical expertise to assess the situation and make recommendations on response actions. The Emergency Response Coordination Centre (ERCC) has deployed three experts (nominated by Germany) in water and flood management together with an ERCC Liaison Officer.
  • Over the next 72 hours, more heavy rainfall with locally very heavy rainfall is forecasted over the whole country.
Flood in Burundi - EC/ECHO daily mapMon, 29 Apr 2024 18:16

A new EC/ECHO daily map is now available
Burundi - Floods and landslides, update (ECHO 16 May 2024)Thu, 16 May 2024 10:59

  • Very heavy rainfall has been affecting most of Burundi since the beginning of the rainy season (from February to May). This has caused floods, landslides, rivers overflow and a rise in the water level of Lake Tanganyika, resulting in casualties and widespread damage. The most severely affected regions are the western and southern provinces of Bujumbura Mairie (with Bujumbura, the country's main city, being the most severely affected), Bujumbura, Bubanza, Rumonge, Makamba and Cibitoke.
  • As of 15 May, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has reported 29 fatalities, 175 injured people, around 42,000 displaced people and approximately 237,000 affected people across the six aforementioned affected provinces.
  • Over the next 96 hours, more heavy rainfall is still forecasted over most of the country, especially over the western and southern provinces.
Rumonge Province, Burundi, Late April 2024A massive landslide struck in Muhuta district in the province of Rumonge, Burundi on 19 April 2024. One person died and 2,485 people were displaced. As many as 497 houses were destroyed, along with a hydropower dam in Gitaza zone. Over 500 hectares of crop fields were also destroyed. Local officials said part of the mountainside crashed into the Kirasa River, completely damaging the Kirasa hydropower dam that provides electricity to the town of Mutumba.Sun 21 Apr 2024FloodList provided by Copernicus GLOFAS
Detailed event map. European Union, 2024. Map produced by EC-JRC.
The boundaries and the names shown on this map do not imply official endorsement or acceptance by the European Union.

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Latest media headlines

Articles: 162 | About casualties: 94 | Last hour: 2

Kenyans search for bodies of flood victims2024-05-02T16:43+0200.

STORY: Eunice Wanjiku scoured where her cousin Anne Mumbi's house once stood on Wednesday (May 1) after devastating floods destroyed her home in Mai Mahiu, Kenya. "For example, this is her child's jacket, that's her mattress, that is her br
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May 2, 2024 Visitors stranded at Kenya’s Maasai Mara nature reserve, a ... 2024-05-02T15:40+0200.

But local administrators went even further in their warnings, threatening legal consequences for people still left behind, even accusing those who stay of attempting suicide. “We will forcefully evacuate anybody left in any homes or lodges
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Kenya flood toll rises to 181 as homes and roads are destroyed2024-05-02T11:36+0200.

NAIROBI: Floods and landslides across Kenya have killed 181 people since March, with hundreds of thousands forced to leave their homes, the government and Red Cross said on Wednesday, as dozens more were killed in neighbouring Tanzania and
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World News in Brief: UN supporting East Africa flood victims, dozens m ... 2024-05-02T11:23+0200.

1 May 2024 - The UN and humanitarian partners have provided emergency support for over 124,000 people in Kenya, where heavy rains continue to cause chaos, the UN said on Wednesday, as the UN chief extended his condolences to countries acros
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For this events, GDACS has links to information from the following sources: EC-JRC (36), (2), NASA (4), INFORM (2),