Situation Report
Addendum to the Humanitarian Response Plan 2020. © OCHA Burundi
Addendum to the Humanitarian Response Plan 2020. © OCHA Burundi

The Humanitarian Response Plan 2020 has a financial deficit of 69 per cent

The number of people initially targeted for assistance in January 2020 increased by 41 percent, from 630,000 to 887,000, following the revision of the Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) 2020 in August. This increase can be attributed to the COVID-19 pandemic and the impact of recent torrential rains and floods that destroyed agricultural fields and increased the number of internally displaced persons (IDPs).

Humanitarian partners, in coordination with the state, revised the budget to adjust the humanitarian response from US$113 million to $197 million - a 74 per cent increase.

To date, the HRP is funded at 30.9 per cent, or $61.2 million, with a deficit of $136.7 million. The top 5 donors are the United States (36 per cent); the Netherlands (8 per cent), Germany (6 per cent), the European Union (2.5 per cent), and the Central Emergency Response Fund - CERF (2 per cent).

The rainy season that began early in September has already caused damage in terms of displacement and destruction of infrastructure and agricultural fields. On 21 September, in Muyinga province, torrential rains mixed with high winds affected more than 400 people, while the provinces of Kirundo and Ngozi experienced hail. The needs and vulnerability of the population are likely to increase with the recurring natural disasters expected during the coming rainy seasons. The level of existing stocks in the country is limited for all humanitarian sectors, thus curtailing the capacity of partners to meet pre-existing and future needs.

Additional funding will be urgently needed to provide assistance to the most vulnerable, while adapting sectors’ activities to prevent COVID-19.