Burkina Faso calls for aid as floods set to worsen

OUAGADOUGOU, 7 August 2015 (IRIN) - Nearly 20,000 people have been affected this week by heavy rains and flooding in and around Burkina Faso’s capital Ouagadougou. More than 3,700 are now homeless, their houses reduced to piles of mud and debris.

Making matters worse, more than 64 tonnes of cereal harvests and livestock were carried away by the floods, local officials say. Many parts of Ouagadougou and Bama, a commune in the west of the country, remain under water, days after the rains have slowed.

“Everyone has lost their food reserves, their farms and are now in need of assistance,” said Aboubacar Mlougou, a representative of the National Council for Emerganecy Aid and Rehabilitation (CONASUR). “Without aid, they will be forced to sell whatever items survived the floods, such as cars, ploughs, and wheelbarrows, in order to survive.”

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