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Burkina Faso: Red Cross assists over 5,000 flood victims

12-08-2010 News Release 10/150

Abidjan (ICRC) – With the support of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), the Burkinabé Red Cross has been assisting flood victims since 30 July following the torrential rains that hit the Sahel, Centre-North and East Provinces of Burkina Faso, affecting mainly the Manni, Thion and Coala Departments.

The National Society has already distributed buckets, mats, soap, jerrycans, blankets and kettles to 3,000 people. The ICRC is providing additional assistance by supplying a stock of basic necessities to the National Society for 2,000 disaster victims in the provinces of Soum and Oudalan. A total of 400 buckets, 400 tarpaulins, 4,000 bars of soap, clothing for 2,400 people and 400 kitchen sets are to be distributed from 13 August.

" This aid will mean that families who have lost everything will have a minimum of items with which they can meet their basic needs, " says Moussa Ouattara, Head of the ICRC Office in Burkina Faso.

The people in this region have been severely affected by this natural disaster, in which their homes collapsed and their livestock were swept away. The Burkinabé Red Cross estimates that sixteen people have died. In addition to this practical assistance, the National Society is also providing moral support and psychological assistance for the people affected. The Society is continuing to remind them of hygiene rules and is maintaining its early warning system at local committee level.

Through its Ouagadougou office, the ICRC is backing up the Burkinabé Red Cross Society’s work amongst the most needy.

  For further information, please contact:
  Kelnor Panglungtshang, ICRC Abidjan, tel :+225 224 000 70 or +225 09 399 404
  Moussa Ouattara, ICRC Ouagadougou, tel: +226 78 78 00 99