Floods in Buterere Commune , Bujumbura late in April 2018/ Photo Red Cross Burundi
Assessment conducted by Burundi Red Cross Society, the Government of Burundi and other development partners indicate that 12,956 people and 2,133 houses in 9 locations were affected by floods in May 2018.
Skills and knowledge of communities on disaster mitigation are very important measures to alleviate similar consequences in the future.
On 15th May 2018, Burundi National Discourse Forum (BNDF) engaged members to reflect on their role in helping the community to cope with the situation.
The meeting reflected on the need to protect the environment by avoiding unplanned housing. On a visit to the field, participants observed that many houses destroyed by floods were build on reserved space for Lake Tanganyika buffer zone.
BNDF recommends urgent community awareness to reduce the loss caused by natural disasters in Burundi and apply preventive actions in the future.
Participants are committed to organizing awareness workshops for environment and climate change education, and a press conference to sensitize decision-makers for effective mobilization in the fight against natural disasters.