Anglican appeal: Famine and floods in Burundi a national crisis
Source: Anglican Communion News Service
ACNS 4238 | BURUNDI | 19 JANUARY 2007
The Government of Burundi has declared the situation in the country a national disaster and called for national and international assistance to deal with the crisis.
After a period of poor rains in September when maize and beans are normally planted, the rains arrived but have been prolonged and heavy with severe thunder storms.
The rains have caused much damage throughout the country. Houses and other buildings, such as schools and churches, have been destroyed. Bridges and parts of roads have been damaged disrupting travel and communication. Crops have been washed away or destroyed by flooding. For example, in one small district alone it is estimated that over 1000 homes have been destroyed, and many acres of crops have been swept away by floodwaters.
There are reports of people having died and school children unable to go to school because of hunger. Incidents of diseases such as cholera along with severe cases of malnutrition and other related diseases are increasingly stretching hospitals and medical resources to their limits. The conditions particularly impact the most vulnerable such as orphans, widows, and those already suffering from HIV and AIDS. In some places it is said that food stocks have run out and the local population are depending on food being brought in from Rwanda and Tanzania. The World Food Programme which recently visited two northern provinces to assess the situation found that many people were already surviving on one meal a day.
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UPDATE: A second ACNS article providing new details of the most recent flooding is here.