El Niño flooding in Burkina Faso

 

TREE AID statement on the flooding in Burkina Faso

There is currently severe flooding in parts of Burkina Faso, attributed to the El Niño weather system. El Niño has caused a delayed onset of the rainy season and now unseasonably heavy rains.

This flooding has already affected over 20,000 people and demolished 3,700 homes. It is likely that this extreme weather will affect food production and harvests. 

John Moffett, CEO of TREE AID, said: “Our primary concern is the safety and well-being of our staff and partners, with whom we are in daily contact. TREE AID projects located in Burkina Faso are continuing, led by our dedicated network of field workers and have not been affected by the flooding.”TREE AID’s largest African office is based in the capital of Burkina Faso, Ouagadougou, where the worst flooding is being experienced.

See the text and map: Tree Aid

Published by

Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.