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The Red Cross asks its partners to increase their interventions for a quality response to the damage caused by El Nino


Oct 24, 2023

BUJUMBURA October 24th (ABP) – The Burundi Red Cross (CRB) organized Monday, October 23, 2023, in Bujumbura, a meeting for its partners under the theme: “Partnerships for community resilience.”

On that occasion, the CRB chairperson, Mrs. Christine Ntahe, indicated that the said meeting is organized each year to reflect together and analyze how to move forward in the accomplishment of their mission.

She specified that in Burundi the Cholera pandemic has manifested itself in certain provinces. She also pointed out that we are heading towards violent rains which are sometimes accompanied by floods, landslides, violent winds, hail and others. The said session is, according to her, an opportunity to attract the attention of CRB partners so that they know how to prevent and manage disasters. She recalled that at the moment, Burundi is in the middle of the El Nino phenomenon, a cyclical climatic phenomenon linked to a global rise in temperatures, with all the damage recorded.

                                                                               View of the meeting participants

She indicated that the government of Burundi, via the national platform for risk prevention and disaster management, in collaboration with the CRB, is at the front. Despite that, it is clear that response capacities are insufficient. She took that opportunity to appeal to the CRB’s partners to redouble their efforts for substantial support, with a view to providing a quality response to the ongoing disaster.

Note that that meeting saw the participation of partners involved in humanitarian work such as those of the Rwandan, Congolese, Irish, Luxembourg, French, Spanish Red Cross and the ICRC. Representatives of the Geographical Institute of Burundi (IGEBU), the Ministry of the Interior, Energy, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, representatives of banking institutions were there.