$1 million earmarked for supporting disaster victims

By Elina Jonas Ruzindaza
On 19 August 2020 at 02:10

The Ministry in charge of Emergency Management (Minema) has launched a $ 1 million project to help people affected by disasters in some parts of the country in September 2019 and May 2020.

The funds will be used to help the people of Gakenke, Ngororero and Nyabihu districts affected by the disasters was donated by the United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund, UNCERF.

The floods and landslides have had a devastating effect on the population of the region, with 23 deaths and 577 houses destroyed in May in Gakenke District.

Also this month in Ngororero district, heavy rains killed 20 people and destroyed 1423 houses, leaving about 1977 families homeless.

Apart from killing and destroying houses, the heavy rains also affected agriculture where rice farmers in Gakenke District are counting massive losses after floodwater from River Mukugwa submerged their farms.

A statement from the Ministry of Emergency says the project was intended to support households affected by the heavy rains in late 2019 and early 2020.

Minema says the $ 1 million will be used to help the community restore farming activities and to buy Iron sheets and cement that will be used to build disaster-stricken homes.

A total of 2,900 households corresponding to 13,651 individuals will be targeted with agriculture tools such as hoes, shovels, pickaxes, and watering cans and improved seeds at the budget of $200,000.

About $ 800,000 will be spent on the purchase of iron sheets and cement that will be used to find shelters for 1,765 families affected by the disaster.

Across the country, the sectors of health, agriculture, housing and shelter, infrastructure, and environment were mostly affected as highlighted by data collected from all 30 districts where there were 317 deaths, 8,143 houses partially or fully destroyed and 9,383 hectares of crops damaged.

Rwandans are urged to be vigilant

As the rainy season draws to a close, the Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Emergency, Olivier Kayumba, told The Newtimes that Rwandans should take care of themselves.

“Residents should play a role in preventing disasters rather than waiting for the effects. They can do it for example by fastening the roofs of the houses so that they are not easily blown away by the wind,” he said.

Kayumba said the government will continue to assist those affected by the disaster, but warned that those affected by the floods should find a way to relocate to safer areas.

Minema has launched a $ 1 million project to help people affected by disasters