Local authorities said Thursday, that landslides killed at least 28 people in Burundi and many still missing.
The bodies had been counted in the hilly areas of Rukombe and Nyempundu communities in Cibitoke province in the northwest, said a local official in Mugina commune, Desire Ndagijimana, The Associated Press reports.
“Many other families, including husbands, wives and children, are still missing. We think they are under their houses’ ruins,” she said.
At least 280 people have been killed and more than 2.8 million others affected by the heavy downpour in the region, the UN humanitarian agency said.
East Africa countries, including Somalia, Kenya, Uganda and Djibouti, have recorded deadly flooding and landslides in recent weeks of heavy rain, with more in the forecast for the region.
People living in vulnerable areas have been urged governments in the region to relocate to safer grounds to avoid any further loss of lives.