Col­laps­ing toi­lets spark dis­ease fears in Bu­rundi

African Times - - INTERNATIONAL / AFRICA - MEGA SSUUNA IN BUJUMBURA, BU­RUNDI

ILL-equipped hu­man­i­tar­ian groups fear a deadly out­break of dis­eases af­ter over 800 pit la­trines over­flowed fol­low­ing heavy rains in south­ern Bu­rundi. Some 500 la­trines in the vil­lage of Gatabo and 300 la­trines in Buga

vil­lage of Kayo­goro Com­mune in Makamba prov­ince have over­flowed in the wake of the in­clement weather last week.

The dirty wa­ter from th­ese la­trines poured into th­ese neigh­bor­ing vil­lages and res­i­dents who are fear­ing for their health. Vol­un­teers from the Bu­rundi Red Cross have mo­bilise them­selves to sani­tise

the af­fected lo­cal­i­ties but are ill-equipped.

“The Makamba Branch faces an in­suf­fi­cient stock of aquatabs and chlo­rine for wa­ter treat­ment at home as well as pumps, over­alls and boots to suc­cess­fully per­form the spray­ing ac­tiv­i­ties,” said a spokesper­son.

The lack of suf­fi­cient equip­ment also hin­ders the con­duct of hy­giene aware­ness ses­sions. Heavy rains have pum­meled the en­tire East African coun­try in re­cent days.

Last week, a least four peo­ple, in­clud­ing three chil­dren, drowned in the floods af­flict­ing the cap­i­tal Bujumbura.

Hun­dreds of res­i­dents have been left home­less.

Over 50 peo­ple were in­jured when a land­slide caused by heavy rain left at least six peo­ple dead in Bujumbura in March.

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