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Floods cause destruction in Burundi amid the COVID-19 pandemic

01 May 2020

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Floods cause destruction in Burundi amid the COVID-19 pandemic by UN Humanitarian on Exposure

On the night of 19 April, torrential rains caused the banks of the Ruzizi River to overflow, flooding nearly 7,000 homes and displacing thousands of families in the province of Bujumbura Rural, roughly 12 km outside the city. According to the International Organization for Migration’s Displacement Tracking Matrix, the flooding displaced an estimated 39,342 people, although that number is still rising as flooded houses continue to collapse. Additional torrential rains, strong winds and landslides have also affected hundreds of people in other parts of the country, the majority of whom are now displaced.