Kagame commends leaders, friends for solidarity with Rwanda after devastating heavy rain

On 16 May 2023 at 10:28

President Paul Kagame has expressed his gratitude to leaders and friends who have sent messages of condolences and support following the disastrous landslides and floods that resulted in the loss of 135 lives in Western, Northern, and Southern provinces earlier this month. The disasters also left approximately 110 people injured, destroyed over 5,550 houses, 14 roads, and more than 50 schools, as well as causing damage to crops, water, and power infrastructure.

As of today, around 30,326 individuals have been displaced and are currently being accommodated at various provisional sites.

Several countries including China, France, Turkey, China, Barbados, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Qatar, Israel, Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Senegal among others sent their condolences following the floods and landslides.

Moussa Faki Mahamat, Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Coumba Dieng Sow, the Country Representative of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in Rwanda and Rolande Pryce, the World Bank Group Country Manager for Rwanda are among other leaders who sent their condolences to Rwandans.

On Monday 15th May 2023, President Kagame took to Twitter to commend the leaders and friends of Rwanda for their ongoing expressions of solidarity during this difficult period.

"Thank you to all the leaders and friends who sent condolence messages following the loss of lives from the devastating floods and landslides in Rwanda. We are grateful for your solidarity and support to the people of Rwanda. As we work to rebuild and provide assistance to the survivors, your messages are a reminder that we will overcome these challenges," he tweeted.

Rwanda continues to receive support from individuals and private institutions to bolster its emergency response to the recent disasters.

Philippe Habinshuti, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Emergency Management (MINEMA), has told IGIHE that the country is receiving assistance in the form of various essential items and cash donations.

MINEMA has reported that approximately Rwf119 million in funding has been raised through contributions via mobile money and bank accounts to aid the affected individuals.

Last week, President Kagame visited the disaster-hit areas in Rubavu District, including Mahoko, Pfunda, and Nyundo. He also visited the affected residents temporarily housed at the Inyemeramihigo, Nyamyumba, Kanyefurwe, and Vision Jeunesse Nouvelle sites, where he assured them of government support in returning to normalcy.

According to the Ministry of Infrastructure, the Rwandan government requires about Rwf110 billion (approximately 98 million U.S. dollars) to rebuild the infrastructure damaged by the heavy rains across the country.

In response, the cabinet recently approved the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Policy, which aims to strengthen the legal and institutional framework for disaster management and enhance disaster management capacity at all levels.

Additionally, an emergency response plan was approved to reinforce efforts in providing urgent relief to communities affected by disasters, as stated in a recent announcement by the Office of the Prime Minister.

President Kagame visiting disaster-hit areas in Rubavu District last week.