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Disasters claim 11 lives in 20 days

By IGIHE
On 5 September 2022 at 08:21

The Ministry of Emergency Management (MINEMA) has said that disasters occasioned by the rain which poured down over the past 20 days claimed lives of 11 people and urged Rwandans to develop proactive measures against related incidents during the rainy season.

Figures from the ministry show that disasters occasioned by rain from 15th August 2022, injured 36 people, destroyed 100 houses and ravaged 142 hectares of arable land.

Rwanda Meteorology Agency (Mateo Rwanda) recently predicted average rainfall in all districts of Eastern Province between 200 and 300 millimeters.

Meanwhile, the rain between 300 and 400 millimeters is expected in different districts of Northern Province.

Heavy rainfall between 400 and 500 millimeters is forecasted in different parts of Musanze District and the north-west of Burera District. The heavy rain is also predicted in many districts of Western Province excluding Ngororero.

Appearing in RBA talk show on Sunday 4th September 2022; the Permanent Secretary at MINEMA, Philippe Habinshuti urged the general public to own disaster-prevention measures.

He reminded them that dealing with effects of disasters in more costly than prevention and reminisced on incurred loss where the government of Rwanda has injected Rwf10 billion in projects to build 12,500 houses for disaster-hit citizens.

Habinshuti explained that tightening a roof can cost Rwf10,000 yet a replacement takes between Rwf300,000 and Rwf400,000.

“We must expend much effort in disaster prevention instead of folding arms until a house collapses. When anti-erosion measures are not considered while building a bridge, it is likely to be destroyed. We encourage citizens to tighten roofs, build strong foundations lest water penetrate through walls and relocate from high risk zones,” he said.

Rwandans have been urged to devise proactive measures to prevent disasters during the rainy season.

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