Thousands flee Burkina Faso floods.9/4/2009 3:42:45 AM
Seven people have been killed and thousands of others have fled their homes in Burkina Faso Burkina Faso (burkē`nə fä`sō), republic (2005 est. pop. 13,925,000), 105,869 sq mi (274,200 sq km), W Africa. It borders on Mali in the west and north, on Niger in the northeast, on Benin in the southeast, and on Togo, Ghana, and after the heaviest rainfall there in 90 years.
Flooding has destroyed thousands of homes in and around Ouagadougou, the capital, prompting officials on Thursday to call for international help.
Simon Compaore, Ouagadougou's mayor, said that more international aid was desperately needed to help ease the crisis.
"I would like to join the government's appeal for blankets, clothes and food, because there really is an urgent need for these things," he said.
Earlier, Tertius Zongo Tertius Zongo (born 18 May 1957) has been the Prime Minister of Burkina Faso since June 2007.
Zongo was born in Koudougou. He has an extensive background in economics and accounting. , the prime minister, said that 150,000 people across the country had been left homeless.
"We have been able to find shelter for about 110,000 people but there are others who have taken refuge with their neighbours," he said.
Hospital evacuated e·vac·u·ate
v. e·vac·u·at·ed, e·vac·u·at·ing, e·vac·u·ates
a. To empty or remove the contents of.
b. To create a vacuum in.
Many residents of the capital piled whatever belongings they could salvage in the street after their homes were destroyed by the flood waters and the accompanying mud.
Aid groups said the flood water had smashed bridges, dams and washed away roads, making their task even more difficult.
"Bridges and dams have been destroyed, the main hospital in Ouagadougou which is close to a dam was inundated in·un·date
tr.v. in·un·dat·ed, in·un·dat·ing, in·un·dates
1. To cover with water, especially floodwaters.
2. and some patients including about 60 children were evacuated," Rosine Jourdain, of the Belgian Red Cross The Belgian Red Cross was established in 1864 and has its headquarters in Brussels. External Links
"An electrical plant was also destroyed so I think we are going to have some power supply problems."
Some reports said that among the patients moved out of the capital's main hospital were those with infectious diseases infectious diseases: see communicable diseases. .
The government mobilised the army to help firefighters and police deal with the crisis.
Seasonal rains from June regularly cause fatal floods and mudslides in West Africa West Africa
A region of western Africa between the Sahara Desert and the Gulf of Guinea. It was largely controlled by colonial powers until the 20th century.
West African adj. & n. .
In 2007, over 800,000 people were affected, some 300 died while homes, crops and infrastructure were washed away.
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