Heavy rains claim two lives, 11 gravely injured

On 3 March 2020 at 12:57

The Ministry in Charge of Emergency Management (MINEMA) has announced that on Sunday, March 1st, 2020, the rain claimed the life of one person while 11 were gravely injured.

The victim was a resident of Ndera sector, Gasabo district and the injured victims are from Gasabo, Rulindo, and Rutsiro districts.

The rain also destroyed 16 houses and barns in Rutsiro district.

MINEMA announced that citizens whose houses were damaged will be compensated and that they have sought shelter with their neighbors in the meantime.

IGIHE sources confirmed the death of a 44-year-old resident of Musenyi sector, Bugesera district. Reports state that the victim’s house crumbled on him and that he died on the spot.

Meteo Rwanda predicted torrential rains in March, April, and May. The heavy rainfalls are attributed to the change in the distribution of heat and wind across the Pacific which alter rainfall patterns.

In Ngoma, Kayonza, Kirehe, parts of Rwamagana and Bugesera districts, Meteo Rwanda predicts heavy rainfalls between 320 and 400 millimeters per day.

In the Northern Province, the City of Kigali, all districts of the Southern Province except Nyamagabe and parts of Nyaruguru district, there will be heavy rainfalls between 400 and 500 millimeters per day. The same applies to Nyagatare, Gatsibo, and parts of Rwamagana and Bugesera districts.

In the Eastern Province, Nyamagabe district and parts of Nyaruguru district bordering Rusizi district, rains will range between 500 and 600 millimeters.

The rain also destroyed 16 houses and barns in Rutsiro district.