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Gatsata: Landslide claims two lives, injures one

By IGIHE
On 16 February 2024 at 01:01

In the early hours of February 16, 2024, a devastating landslide occurred in Nyamabuye Cell, Gatsata Sector, within the Gasabo District, claiming the lives of a father and his child. The family of three was caught in the tragedy while asleep in their residence when the slope above their home gave way, resulting in a catastrophic collapse.

The incident, which occurred around 6 a.m., saw the immediate response of local authorities and emergency services.

Murebwayire Alphonsine, the Executive Secretary of Gatsata Sector, has told IGIHE that the surviving family member, the wife and mother, was quickly transported to a nearby hospital for urgent care following the incident.

Describing the harrowing event, Alphonsine stated, "A slope unexpectedly gave way and collapsed onto a part of the family’s home where the husband and child were sleeping, tragically resulting in their instant deaths. The wife was promptly evacuated and rushed to the hospital by ambulance."

In light of the tragedy, it was also revealed that approximately 1,300 families from the sector have been proactively relocated from areas deemed to be at high risk of similar disasters, underscoring the ongoing efforts to prevent future losses and enhance the safety of the community’s residents.


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