Last week, I shared some BBC website news about floods in Burkina Faso on my Facebook profile.
The heaviest rains to hit Burkina Faso in decades have killed five people and left 150,000 homeless, officials say.
Flooding destroyed thousands of homes in and around the capital, Ouagadougou, triggering officials pleas for international help.
I was also getting information and photos from a colleague based in Burkina Faso:
This past Monday night a torrential downpour of rain hit Ouagadougou and the surrounding area and continued for most of Tuesday. As a result most of the Burkinabè employees at the SIL centre have lost their homes. The Burkinabè Prime Minister is a Christian. Please pray for him. This is what Reuters has to say:
(Reuters) – The heaviest rainfall in 90 years in the African state of Burkina Faso has triggered heavy flooding and forced thousands of people to flee their homes, the government said Wednesday.”We have been able to find shelter for about 110,000 people but there are others who have taken refuge with their neighbors,” Prime Minister Tertius Zongo told reporters after an emergency cabinet meeting. “There are at least 150,000 people to cater for.”
Floods in Ouagadougou
Aid groups in the Burkina Faso capital of Ouagadougou, which has a population of about 1 million, said the flood water had smashed bridges and roads and could hamper their work. “Bridges and dams have been destroyed, the main hospital in Ouagadougou which is close to a dam was inundated and some patients including about 60 children were evacuated,” Rosine Jourdain of the Belgian Red Cross in Burkina Faso told Reuters by telephone. “An electrical plant was also destroyed so I think we are going to have some power supply problems.
Please pray for thousands of homeless people in Ouaga. Pray that cholera and other such diseases do not become an issue.
Yesterday I received more news from a Burkinabe colleague:
FLOOD CAUSES DISASTER IN BURKINA FASO
Our country has been under a big natural disaster on Tuesday, 1st of September. A flood even the elders have never seen in their live. A total of 300 mm of rain registered in Ouagadougou, our capital city. Specialists say the amount of rain that fell in Ouagadougou on one day this week was equal to a quarter of the whole country’s annual rainfall.
Obviously this unusual flood caused great damages in Ouagadougou: according to the local authorities seven people were killed and more than 150,000 left homeless in Ouagadougou on Tuesday as this heavy rainfall triggered flooding across the city.
Bridges, roads and dams have been destroyed, the main hospital in Ouagadougou which is close to a dam was inundated and some patients including about 60 children were evacuated to other hospitals.
According to our local newspapers, as of 4 September the Burkina Faso government has estimated flood damages at US$152 million, according to Prime Minister Tertius Zongo. He said the government needed $15 million for immediate humanitarian assistance and infrastructure repair. The rains have destroyed a dam in the capital Ouagadougou and another in the northern Sahel region, damaged 12 bridges in the capital and flooded 75 percent of the country’s main hospital, forcing patient evacuations and early discharges.
The biggest challenge remains stocking the dozens of sites sheltering flood victims with enough drinking water, latrines and lights, government officials stressed.
BBC also posted some photos – see here
Aftermath of flooding
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