BUJUMBURA March 9th (ABP) – The governor of Bujumbura province (western Burundi), Mr. Désiré Nsengiyumva, accompanied by members of the provincial platform for risk prevention and disaster control, made a trip to the Kibubuye village, Kamisave II sub-village in Kibuye zone, Isare commune, to see the damage caused by a landslide and show solidarity with the victims, a check on the site by ABP has revealed.
Indeed, according to the administrator of that commune, Gilbert Niyonkuru, the landslide which occurred on Saturday March 4, caused the destruction of 19 houses. According to Mr. Niyonkuru, crops of cassava, sweet potatoes, cabbage, red beets, maize, banana trees were destroyed by runoff water, adding that there was no loss of human life but that the people affected by that disaster, hosted by neighbors, needs to be assisted.
During an interview given to the press, Governor Nsengiyumva indicated that the message transmitted to the victims was that of support and solidarity, inviting them not to despair, rather to keep courage, because they share their suffering with the province and the nation.
He urged the neighbors to local solidarity to help the victims recover while waiting for the intervention of the communes and the ministry in charge of solidarity. To those who have a plot not affected by that landslide, the governor promised iron sheets once the neighbors would help them raise the walls. For those who do not have a plot, the commune will take care of their case by installing them elsewhere, adding that the place remains at very high risk given the cracks that are there. He ended his remarks with a note of hope to see those victims return to life very soon.
Note that the national platform went to the field the same day for the same observation.