At least 12 people died in Rwanda following a torrential rain on 25 December, 2019.
According to disaster officials, the torrential rain destroyed 113 houses and wide areas of crops across the country. Roads were damaged and water and power supply interrupted.
Local media said that the capital Kigali was the worst affected area, where over 60 houses were destroyed and at least 4 fatalities reported. Rwanda’s New Times newspaper said that 140mm of rain fell in 4 to 5 hours in Kigali.
During this heavy rain period, the #MINEMA reminds Rwandans to avoid traveling utilizing rainwater flooded roads. Further, people living in wetlands and other high risk zones are requested to relocate to save their lives and properties. pic.twitter.com/L9kF8hurPv
— Ministry of Emergency Management (@RwandaEmergency) December 25, 2019
During this period of heavy rains basing on @MeteoRwanda weather report ,the City of #Kigali would like to remind people living in wetlands and other high risks zones to rescue their families and properties, first to save lives #Savinglives pic.twitter.com/mBPvIco9ND
— City of Kigali (@CityofKigali) December 25, 2019
Ubuyobozi bw'Akarere burongera gusaba abaturage bakiri mubishanga nahandi hantu hashyira Ubuzima bwabo mu kaga kuhava muri iki gihe cy'imvura. @CityofKigali @RwandaEmergency @kayisime pic.twitter.com/Tc0We8vFXC
— Nyarugenge District (@Nyarugenge) December 25, 2019
Thank you @Rwandapolice for quick rescue operation that saved life of many people who were in btwn life&death at Kinamba few hrs ago.I witnessed yr professionalism during the experienced heavy rains. Relocation of people in high risk zone is a must, let’s voice it loudly. #RWOT pic.twitter.com/0B13xCLCBH
— Ngoga Aristarque (@NgogaAristarque) December 25, 2019
Mu bice bya Nyabugogo… pic.twitter.com/2g5Tpb3anc
— Thierry M. (@titimug81) December 25, 2019
@MeteoRwanda commended for the weather warnings provided that informed the @CityofKigali and @RwandaEmergency to evacuate people living in high risk zones and activities in marshlands with a view to minimize risks from severe weather events. @EnvironmentRw @MeteoKenya @icpac_igad
— Meteo Rwanda (@MeteoRwanda) December 29, 2019