Weather vagaries kill 140, destroy property worth billions of francs

By Elina Jonas Ruzindaza
On 15 May 2020 at 09:00

The Ministry of Emergency Management (Minema) has reported that between January and April 2020, disasters killed 140 people and injured 225.

The cataclysms include floods, thunderstorms, and hailstorms that, as well, destroyed farmlands and infrastructures.

In total, 3117 hectares of crops have been affected by the disaster between January and April this year, with 124 roads and 64 bridges collapsing, disrupting the daily development activities of the people. Over 3,082 homes were damaged, and thousands of families were displaced.

Minema reports that across the country, 3227 domestic animals including 60 cows have been killed in the disasters, 36 schools were destroyed, a health center, 12 churches, 10 administrative buildings, 13 water infrastructures, and a market.

In addition, 61 power infrastructures were damaged, causing disruptions in electricity supply in some parts of the country. The total flood damage will cost the country about $ 13 million. Every year Rwanda loses at least $ 43 million, due to floods and droughts.

The National Meteorological Agency, Meteo Rwanda, said that in the second half of this month, between 11 and 20 May heavy rainfall is expected.

The Ministry of Emergency Management (Minema) has reported that between January and April 2020, disasters killed 140 people and injured 225.

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