Around 8 000 families affected, 2 000 displaced by flooding in Burundi

Around 8 000 families affected, 2 000 displaced by flooding in Burundi

Flooding from the rising Lake Tanganyika in Burundi has affected around 8 000 families and displaced 2 000 as of Sunday, April 25, 2021. The water levels at the lake have been rising since February, with heavy rainfall since early April aggravating the situation.

On April 19, the level stood at 776.5 m (2 547 feet), surpassing the average level of 772.7 m (2 535 feet). If the level exceeds 777 m (2 549 feet), areas around Bujumbura port will be inundated, media warned.

Around 8 000 families have been affected, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN OCHA) reported on Sunday, with 2 000 others displaced in lakeside communities, including Bugarama, Kanyenkoko, Muhuta, Nyanza-Lac, Gatumba, Rukaramu, Kibenga, Gisyo, and Kabondo.

Tharcisse Ndayizeye, an environment expert, pointed out that the flooding is linked to the geographic location of the lake and the city of Bujumbura.

He also raised the issue that significant amounts of waste in the city go to the lake.

"In short, if the bottom of the basin is full of waste, bags, sand... the water in the lake will inevitably rise, conquer other spaces."

Featured image credit: @ihoirmbere96/Twitter

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