In dire straits : What climate change means for already vulnerable communities in Burundi
Burundi is one of the poorest countries in the world. It is also one of the least equipped to protect its population against climate-fueled natural disasters.
Roughly the size of Massachusetts or Belgium, the Eastern African country has been facing more frequent floods and landslides in the past few years. In some regions, unpredictable rain patterns have ruined crop after crop.
It happened at night, when all the neighborhood was asleep. “Suddenly, there was water everywhere in the house. We were in a panic, trying to save our children while the house was swept away”, Jeannette Niyibigira recalls. "I finally managed to grab my kids and flee, and ended up on the main road, empty handed, soaked, cold, thinking it was Noah’s flood and the end of the world.”
It’s been over a year since the river flowing into Lake Tanganyika broke its banks, forcing more than 25,000 people to flee the remnants of their homes. Since then, fed by the rains, the level of the lake continues to rise. A large part of Gatumba, a neighborhood located along the lake’s shore, just outside of Bujumbura, is now flooded. Children are fishing in what used to be vegetable fields.
In March 2020, Jeannette and her family, along with thousands of others had to find a place to stay. Their own clay houses having melted or fallen apart, they were given an area of bush nearby for their tents made of tarpaulin and pieces of tin - what they now call home. As the rains continue, each storm brings more fear and destruction.#globalwarming #climatechange #carboncompensation #bluesky #climateemergency #climatecrisis #blueskye #blueskyefoundation #compensate #greentechexchange #zerocarbon #climatenews #blueskyelife #elonmusk #billgates #greentech #nasa #nasaclimate #greenfacts
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