Floods kill at least 13 and injure 19 in Burkina Faso

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LORUM, BURKINA FASO - SEPTEMBER 14: People walk through the flooded road after heavy rain caused flood in Lorum, Burkina Faso on September 14, 2016. (Photo by Zekeriya Gunes/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
LORUM, BURKINA FASO – SEPTEMBER 14: People walk through the flooded road after heavy rain caused flood in Lorum, Burkina Faso on September 14, 2016. (Photo by Zekeriya Gunes/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Floods in Burkina Faso have left at least 13 people dead and 19 others injured following days of heavy rains across the country, including the capital, the government said on Wednesday.

5 billion CFA ($9.06 million) will be allocated by the finance ministry to help victims, said Abdoul Karim Sango, a government representative.

Many people had lost their homes, Sango said.

“This rainfall has caused a lot of damage in our country,” he told Reuters.

According to Sango, the minister of Territorial Administration was instructed by the government to house the disaster victims in public buildings.

It was not immediately clear how the floods would impact the country’s fight against militant groups with links to Al-Qaeda and Islamic State, but a security source said the rainy season inevitably has an impact on operations.

Hundreds of civilians have been killed and almost a million displaced by the conflict, which is also affecting neighbors Niger and Mali

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