Rwanda – 6,000 Families Still Displaced After Floods and Landslides

The Ministry of Disaster Management and Refugee affairs, (MIDIMAR) in Rwanda says that it has identified three sites in Gakenke District for the establishment of temporary camps to accommodate 6,000 families affected by landslides.

The temporary camps will be established in three sectors in Gakenke District namely: Muzo, Minazi and Gakenke. About 6,000 families are expected to be accommodated, including those whose houses were completely destroyed and others who were evacuated in prone areas in order to prevent similar disaster.

Heavy rain that hit different parts of the northern and western provinces of Rwanda during the night of May 7, 2016 claimed lives of 54 individuals and destroyed 2,317 houses. The Districts of Gakenke in the Nothern Province, Ngororero in the Western Province and Muhanga in the Southern Province were the most affected.

After the tragedy, the government paid tribute to the victims and immediately undertook relief operations to supply food and non-food aid to the affected families.

Humanitarian partners, including UN agencies, USAID, IOM, Save the Children, CARE International ,World Vision, ADRA, CARITAS-Rwanda, have also been engaged in supporting victims of the floods and landslides.

Flood Summary

Last updated: July 22, 2016
Northern and Southern Provinces, Rwanda, May 2016
May 7 to May 10, 2016
Inland flood, Landslide
Extreme rainfall
Landslides and floods hit several parts of Rwanda between 07 and 08 May 2016 after a period of heavy rainfall. Government officials say that Gakenke, Muhanga, Rubavu and Ngororero have been affected.


A - Gakenke
B - Muhanga


Rainfall level
47 mm in 24 hours
Kamembe - May 8 to May 9, 2016


54 people
Buildings destroyed