Rwanda: Floods, Landslides Kill 49

Rwanda’s Prime Minister Anastase Murekezi is Monday expected to tour areas affected by deadly floods that left 49 people dead and houses destroyed over the weekend.

The flooding cut off Kigali-Musanze road, capsule an important route that connects the Northern Province to the capital city.

Today morning River Nyabarongo overflowed, check leading to the closure of Kigali-Muhanga road.

The Local Government and Social Affairs ministry said in a brief statement that the spill over was caused by “heavy rains.”

The Ministry added: “Following heavy deployments by the Rwandan government and its partners, Muhanga-Ngororero road is now open for operations. We recommend careful driving,”

The most affected area is Gakenke where 42 deaths were recorded. The Landslides and floods left a trail of despair and destruction.

On 3 April 2015, heavy rainfall caused flooding and landslides in Nyamasheke and Rubavu districts in Rwanda’s Western Province.

The Rwanda Red Cross Society estimated that 3,425 people (685 households) were affected; and were being accommodated in nearby communities after their homes were damaged.

It was reported that 206 hectares of crops were inundated, and household items washed away. In addition, water supply and sanitation infrastructures were flooded, increasing the risk of water and airborne diseases.


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