Heavy flooding across West Africa: 8 people dead and 19 779 affected in Burkina Faso

Heavy flooding across West Africa: 8 people dead and 19 779 affected in Burkina Faso

Severe rainstorm accompanied with strong winds has affected several regions across Burkina Faso in West Africa, as of August 2, 2015. At least 8 people died, 54 have been reported injured and 19 779 people have been affected by the floods.

The regions of Ouahadougou and Bobo-Dioulasso in the Burkina Faso state were strongest affected by severe weather conditions. 1 240 houses were devastated leaving 3 699 people homeless.

72-hr rainfall accumulation until August 7, 2015 at 15:00 UTC. Image credit: Google / NASA/JAXA GPM.​

Gaoua measured 72 mm (2.8 inches) of rainfall from August 5 to August 6, World Meteorological Organization (WMO) reported. According to the official government statement, the month of August will be prone to heavy rainfall, and local residents should avoid areas identified as high risk flood zones, especially the parts near rivers and drainage channels.

The CONASUR (Conseil National de Secours d'Urgence et de Rehabilitation) provided relief across the flood affected areas, however it appears some gaps have been identified in relation to food security, health, rehabilitation and protection issues.​​

A statement issued by the Burkina Faso government said that August is expected to be a particularly rainy period and that residents should avoid high risk flood-zones, in particular those near rivers and drainage channels.

NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center’s Africa Hazards Outlook warned that heavy rainfall is still expected for the period between August 6 to August 12, across the already affected areas in West Africa.

This poses more danger for already devastated areas, including Guinea, which was already severely affected by the floods in late July. NOAA's officials stated: “Heavy rain is expected from southern Mali, Burkina Faso, southern Niger, to central Nigeria”.

Featured image credit: IRIN.


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Tammy Corbett 6 years ago

We can help by donating funds to the cause and help these people have access to fresh water, food and shelter. Organizations like Christian Children's Fund of Canada are accepting donations that will help these people begin to rebuild their lives.

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