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Flood and landslide in Burundi

Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Type of Event:
Flood, Landslide
Location of Event:
Bujumbura, Burundi
Date of Charter Activation:
11 February 2014
Charter Requestor:
UNITAR/UNOSAT on behalf of UNOCHA
Project Management:
UNITAR/UNOSAT / ESA/ESRIN

Description of the event

Torrential rain on 10 February 2014 has caused floods and landslides in Bujumbura, the capital city of Burundi. Over fifty people have been killed according to early estimates and hundreds of homes have been affected.

Due to the situation in the city, it is difficult for emergency workers to estimate the full impact of the disaster yet. The landslides have left debris and mud in the city that have buried residents. And roads and power have also been affected.

Bujumbura is located on a flat plain between hills and is situated near a lake. The rain caused water to sweep down the hills and into the city, where some of the poorer districts of the city have homes constructed of mud bricks and were not equipped to deal with the scale of the flooding.

Damage assessment of Kinama/Kamenge areas of Bujumbura, Burundi

Source: Pleiades / QuickBird
Acquired: Pleiades: 14/02/2014
QuickBird: 05/09/2013

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Map produced by UNITAR/UNOSAT

Storm damage in Kinama area of Bujumbura, Burundi

Source: Pleiades / QuickBird
Acquired: Pleiades: 14/02/2014
QuickBird: 05/09/2013

Copyright: Pleiades © CNES 2014 - Distribution: Astrium Services / Spot Image S.A., all rights reserved
QuickBird © DigitalGlobe
Map produced by UNITAR/UNOSAT