“We are here homeless, without food because our fields were destroyed, no cover for the night, nothing… God has forgotten us,” said Vincent Hakizimana, a resident in Muhuta, a commune in western Burundi, next torrential rains triggered flooding and landslides at the end of March.
The disaster destroyed over 300 houses inclunding schools and a health facility, according to reports from the International Federation of the Red Cross. Vital infrastructure has as well been damaged, with boulders weighing up to 2 tonnes blocking roads, interrupting transport. Some 3,000 people are estimated to be affected.
Following the disaster, which occurred on 29 March, UNFPA responded with an emergency assessment and the distribution of hundreds of dignity kits containing essential hygiene items for women and girls.