Torrential rain and flooding hit Burundi’s capital, Bujumbura leaving at least three people dead and resulting landslide caused widespread damage.
Bujumbura is on the shores of Lake Tanganyika
The African nation’s vice president, Gaston Sindimwo informed that heavy rains and strong winds hit several provinces while a landslide destroyed many houses in the northwestern town of Mabayi. Rescue teams found five victims at that place.
The capital Bujumbura roads flooded with water and a soldier died when torrential rain swept through Kinama neighborhood.
According to Sindimwo, it is a real tragedy as many people injured and at-least 162 homes destroyed. The capital’s district including Carama, Buterere and Kinama still drowned on Friday.
Topography and climate
The Republic of Burundi is mainly a high plateau area. They have two wet seasons a year, a short one that extended from September to November and a long one which prolonged from February until May.
However, Bujumbura is on the shorelines of Lake Tanganyika and has diverse climate. Bujumbura can record approximately 100mm of rain monthly from November to April. Then, a rapid change of dry summer observed that continues until October.
Although, this is not a large amount of rain for a country that located within the tropics but any major thunderstorm could bring about a month’s worth of rain in just few hours.
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