As heavy downpours persist, City of Kigali plans to relocate 1100 families

By IGIHE
On 9 March 2020 at 07:30

The City of Kigali has announced it will relocate 1100 families from high-risk zones after Rwanda Meteorology Agency (Meteo Rwanda) issued warning of extreme weather conditions and torrential rains in March, April and May. The heavy rainfall is attributed to the change in the distribution of heat and wind across the Pacific which alter rainfall patterns.

The decision follows the relocation of wetland dwellers which was conducted in the last months of 2019. The relocation was part of the City of Kigali urban plan aimed at improving the ecological functioning, aesthetics and recreational potential of the wetland areas.

Meteo Rwanda predicted that in March, April and May, Kigali will be affected by torrential rains more than other parts of the country.

The Ministry of Local Government stated that the relocation initiative was driven by the need to protect citizens who live in high-risk zones and wetlands and urged landlords not to increase rent prices due to the high number of people in need of homes.

The Ministry of Local Government stated that the relocation initiative was driven by the need to protect citizens who live in high-risk zones and wetlands
The Minister in charge of Emergency Management Kayisire Marie Solange
Pudence Rubingisa,The Mayor of Kigali City
Colette Ruhamya, the director general of Rwanda Environment Management Authority (REMA)

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