By Aimable Twahirwa, PANAPRESS/NECJOGHA
Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) – Heavy rains which hit several parts of Rulindo, a mountainous district in northern Rwanda last week, destroyed some 40 residential homes and swept away more than 14 acres of crops, local administrative officials said on Thursday.
The Mayor of Rulindo district, Emmanuel Kayiranga, said authorities have found shelter for the flood victims at government schools and institutions while appealing to good Samaritans to support the victims with blankets, mattresses and foodstuff.
In a related development, at least 19 people died while eight others were injured after their houses collapsed on them during landslides and floods triggered by heavy rainfall last weekend.
In the latest weather prediction, Rwanda Meteorological Agency said the rains were expected to cause destruction while urging local residents to take appropriate safety measures.
The weather department warned that the torrential rains will especially be experienced in Kigali City and other districts such as Kamonyi in the south, Gatsibo and Rwamagana in the east, Gicumbi and Rulindo in the north and Rutsiro in the west.
Since December 2019, about 6,000 households residing in high risk zones and wetlands have been evacuated and relocated to safe areas.