U.S contributes Rwf42 million for weather calamity victims

By IGIHE
On 2 October 2017 at 04:43

The United States Ambassador to Rwanda Erica Barks-Ruggles pledged over Rwf42 million for immediate emergency response to destruction caused by September’s heavy rain storms.

The relief fund will aid families whose needs were identified by the Government of Rwanda’s Ministry of Disaster Management and Refugee Affairs (MIDIMAR).

The aid was provided to World Vision to assist the Government of Rwanda in delivering emergency relief supplies for 5,000 households with items such as jerry cans and hygiene products.

The start of Rwanda’s second rainy season has been marked by heavy rain storms that have caused flooding, the destruction of housing, crops, bridges, and loss of life.
According to MIDIMAR, at least five people were killed and 5,461 houses destroyed or damaged since the beginning of September.

Preliminary information has indicated that the most affected districts are: Gicumbi, Ngoma, Gatsibo, Rwamagana, Gisagara, Huye, Rubavu, Rusizi, and Nyamasheke.
Other items destroyed were roads, livestock, water supply pipelines, electrical lines, schools and churches.

According to U.S embassy in Rwanda, given the strong partnership between the United States and the Government of Rwanda and its people, and the impact of the disaster on very poor individuals, U.S. Ambassador Erica Barks-Ruggles has committed to mobilization of resources to assist the victims.

Recent rains destroyed over 20 houses in Bugesera District

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