World Bulletin / News Desk
Islamic organization called for urgent and immediate assistance to flood victims in Burkina Faso that five people were killed and 150,000 left homeless on Wednesday as heavy rainfall triggered flooding across West Africa.
The floods have caused the death of a number of people, demolished several residential units, and displaced hundreds of thousands of people who are in dire need of urgent relief to alleviate the impact of this natural disaster.
The Secretary General of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC), Professor Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, "appealed to all Member States, Islamic relief and charity organizations, business people and others to provide urgent and immediate assistance to affected people, such as food items, clothing, medical supplies, and donations in kind and cash in order to address the effects of the floods in this holy month of Ramadan."
"We have been able to find shelter for about 110,000 people but there are others who have taken refuge with their neighbors," Burkina Prime Minister Tertius Zongo told reporters after an emergency cabinet meeting.
"There are at least 150,000 people to cater for."
OIC said in a statement, "Department of Humanitarian Affairs dispatched a humanitarian mission to Burkina Faso to assess the consequences of the floods on the capital Ouagadougou."
The OIC said humanitarian mission would assess the situation and consider necessary steps to be undertaken in order to come to the rescue of the needy.
Seasonal rains from June regularly cause fatal floods and mudslides in West Africa. In 2007, about 300 people were killed and more than 800,000 were affected when homes, crops and infrastructure were washed away.