Disasters claim lives of 34 people in first two months of 2021

By IGIHE
On 19 February 2021 at 05:52

The Ministry in Charge of Emergency Management (MINEMA) has revealed that disasters have claimed lives of 34 people while 76 have been injured in the first two months of 2021.

The Ministry unveiled the figures at a time when heavy rain continues to destroy properties and infrastructures in different parts of the country.

Apart from deaths, MINEMA shows that 498 houses were destroyed. Of these houses, 431 were destroyed by heavy rains, 50 destroyed by snow while 11 caught fire.

Disasters also left 793 hectares flooded, while 38 cows were struck by lightning.

More 1200 livestock also died during heavy rain related disasters.

Among others, heavy rains destroyed 19 classrooms, 17 roads and 14 bridges.

The Permanent Secretary of MINEMA, Kayumba Olivier has told RBA that citizens should be watchful during this rainy season avoiding susceptible damages or loss of lives.

“We request people to continue respecting lighting protection guidelines and avoid seeking shelters under trees during rain. Among others, they should not draw closer to electric poles to avoid lightening accidents,” he said.

Kayumba also urged people in disaster prone areas to relocate like marshlands among others.

Disasters claimed lives of 34 people in first two months of 2021.

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