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10.02.2014 Burundi

Torrential 'disaster' in Burundi capital kills 51 people

By AFP
A displaced Burundian boy stands outside houses destroyed by floods at Gatumba, near Bujumbura on January 25, 2007.  By Wfp (World Food Programme/AFP/File)A displaced Burundian boy stands outside houses destroyed by floods at Gatumba, near Bujumbura on January 25, 2007. By Wfp (World Food Programme/AFP/File)
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Bujumbura (Burundi) (AFP) - At least 51 people died in flooding and landslides in a night of torrential rain in Bujumbura, Burundi's Security Minister said Monday.

"The rain that fell in torrents overnight on the capital caused a disaster," the minister, Gabriel Nizigama said, adding: "We have already found the bodies of 51 people killed when their houses collapsed or were swept away" by the floods.

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