Least 13 killed in floods, landslides in Kigali, Rwanda

KIGALI, Rwanda, January 4, 2020 – At least 13 people died in Rwanda’s capital, Kigali, in overnight heavy rains and others were injured, government officials said Monday. The East African nation has seen dozens of deaths caused by torrential rains in recent weeks.

The latest downpour began Sunday evening, causing flooding and mudslides that swept away 15 houses in the capital and left some roads inaccessible.

“We can confirm that the provisional number of those dead has reached 13. Some people who we thought were missing have been found dead and the search continues,” Claude Tuyishime, spokesman of the ministry of disaster management, told The Associated Press.

On January 28, heavy rain in Rwanda killed at least three people while destroying farms and sweeping away homes. In December, 12 people were killed in Kigali while officials said more than 100 homes were destroyed.

The government has started relocating thousands of households located in wetlands and other at-risk areas.

The Rwanda Meteorology Agency has said more heavy rains are expected. Kigali and northern Rwanda are particularly hilly, making it vulnerable to landslides during the rainy season.

Stormy weather from February 2 to 3, 2020 brought lightning strikes and heavy rain which triggered flooding and landslides in the capital, Kigali, along with other parts of the country.

According to the ministry’s provisional update of  February 3, at least 13 people have died, 2 people injured and 15 houses destroyed.

In areas around the capital in Kigali Province, 3 people died and one was injured after a landslide destroyed a house in Gikondo in Kicukiro district. Seven fatalities were reported after a landslide in Jali in Gasabo district. Twelve houses were destroyed in Nyarugenge district.

Local media reported that Police and emergency teams with boats rescued people stranded in flood waters in areas around the capital.

The Ministry of Emergency Management also reported fatalities in Eastern Province, where 3 people died in a landslide in Gatsibo in Gatsibo district. Houses were destroyed in Karongi in Western Province and Rulindo in Northern Province.


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