Kigali, Rwanda – (African Boulevard News) – Rwanda is mourning the loss of over 130 people after heavy rains caused deadly floods and landslides in many parts of the country. Families are left to grieve as they count the cost of the destruction left behind.
The districts of Rubavu, Nyabihu, and Ngororero in the country’s western region have been the hardest hit. In Rubavu alone, 72 people lost their lives, while 41 people died in Nyabihu. The injured have been rushed to hospitals for treatment.
“Our life has stopped. Because we have nothing to eat. Because the roads are blocked, it is difficult to find food elsewhere. Our houses are destroyed or flooded. For example, my house is completely…” a survivor expressed the devastation.
The Rwanda Meteorology Agency has warned that heavy rains are expected to continue in the coming days, calling for caution among residents. The government has since sent aid to affected communities, including food and tents to those who have lost their homes.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the families affected by the floods and landslides. We have deployed emergency response teams to provide assistance to those in need,” said Patrick Ndimubanzi, the Minister of State in the Ministry of Disaster Management and Refugee Affairs.
The government has also launched an awareness campaign to sensitize the public on measures to take during times of heavy rains. The Disaster Management Ministry has urged people living in high-risk areas to move to safer places, while also cautioning against walking or driving in flood-prone areas.
“Awareness is key, and we encourage people to take the necessary precautions during times of heavy rains. We are also working to ensure that we have a more robust early warning system that can alert people in areas that are likely to be affected,” Ndimubanzi said.
The floods and landslides have not only caused fatalities, but also significant damage to infrastructure and crops, with many roads blocked and bridges destroyed. The government has pledged to work on repairing the damaged infrastructure and helping farmers salvage their crops.
The disaster has brought to light the urgent need for strengthened infrastructure to mitigate the impact of natural disasters and protect people’s lives and livelihoods. The government has committed to working towards building stronger and more resilient communities, capable of withstanding natural disasters.
As families take stock of the loss and devastation brought about by the floods and landslides, the country remains united in the hope of rebuilding and recovery.