Rescue officials in the West African country of Burundi have revealed that no fewer than 24 victims have been killed and dozens left injured by landslides caused by heavy rains in Mugina district, Cibitoke province in the western part of the country.
In a statement issued early on Friday, spokesperson of the security ministry of Burundi, Pierre Nkurikiye who also revealed that the landslides destroyed and buried homes added that rescue operations are still ongoing after homes were swept away.
“They are still digging up dead bodies,” an official, who declined to be identified, is quoted as saying to Reuters news agency.
The hilly area experienced heavy rains on Thursday resulting into the landslides, according to the underground reporters SOS Médias Burundi.
Reports say East Africa is experiencing unusually heavy rainfall that has resulted in flooding with at least 130 people were reported dead in Kenya and Uganda with the region preparing for more disasters as a cyclonic storm, named Pawan, is approaches this weekend.
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