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Flood/Burundi: AUC Chairperson condoles with Burundi over flood tragedy

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - African Union (AU) Commission Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma has condoled with Burundi over the flood disaster that left 60 dead and over 80 wounded, in addition to destroying houses and rendering 10,000 homeless.

An AU Commission statement made available to PANA here Wednesday said the Chairperson was greatly saddened at the devastation caused by the flood, which followed torrential rains this week.

'On behalf of the African Union Commission and on her own behalf, the Chairperson conveys her heartfelt condolences and sympathies to the families of the victims, the Government and people of Burundi,' the statement said.

It said the AU Head of Mission in Burundi and the Chairperson’s Special Representative to the Great Lakes Region, Boubacar Diarra, are leading a delegation to assess the humanitarian situation in order to provide the much-needed assistance from the AU and the rest of the humanitarian community.

PANA reports that the deaths were recorded in the capital city of Bujumbura, which was lashed by heavy rains late on Sunday.

Those who were rendered homeless by the disaster have been provided temporary shelter by the Red Cross at a sports ground in the North of Bujumbura, while the government has buried those who died.

Burundi has launched an international appeal for assistance to the victims of the disaster.

Pana 13/02/2014