This relocation effort is a proactive response to the heavy rains and landslides that tragically took the lives of 135 Rwandans earlier this year in May. These disasters also resulted in the destruction of 5,963 houses and infrastructure, including roads.
Kigali City Mayor, Pudence Rubingisa emphasized that the relocation process has been ongoing but stressed the urgency of expediting the resettlement of residents from high-risk zones.
He also urged residents to adhere to recommended proactive measures, especially considering the current heavy rainfall predictions.
As of now, a total of 4,230 families have been relocated since April and May. Rubingisa disclosed that an additional 2,809 families, primarily from Gisozi and Gatsata in Gasabo District, require immediate relocation.
The press conference was held the day following a rain-related disaster in Gisozi, where a house collapsed, resulting in the tragic loss of four family members.
Additionally, the heavy rain caused the roofs of six houses to be blown away.
Efforts are ongoing to more residents within Kigali to prevent further loss of lives.