Rwanda – Heavy Rain Leaves 8 Dead, Homes Destroyed

The Ministry of Emergency Situations (MINEMA) in Rwanda reports that heavy rain fell across the country from 01 May causing severe damages. As of 03 May 8 people had died, 5 were injured, more than 100 houses had collapsed and roads were closed.

Meteo Rwanda said the Mushubati weather station in Rutsiro District
recorded 81mm of rainfall on 02 May.

According to Meteo Rwanda, more heavy rain is expected in Kigali city, Northern Province and Rubavu, Nyabihu, Rutsiro, Ngororero, Muhanga and Ruhango districts over the next 7 days, increasing the risk of further floods and landslides. MINEMA urged people to take necessary precautions.

Rwanda Red Cross warned of the further difficulties posed by flooding and landslides during the COVID-19 pandemic. Via Social Media, Rwanda Red Cross said:

“Imagine heavy rains resulting in floods and landslides during a pandemic: Disasters that are occurring in Rwanda lead to loss of human life, destruction of crops and homes, loss of livestock. A deterioration of health conditions of communities already affected by the lock-down.”

Flood damage in Rwanda after heavy rainfall from 01 May 2020. Photo: MINEMA
Floods in Rwanda after heavy rainfall from 01 May 2020. Photo: MINEMA

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