Heavy rain, floods kill at least 55 in Rwanda

Heavy rains and floods kill at least 55 people in Rwanda<br />

Nairobi, May 3 (BNA) Heavy rains caused floods and landslides in western Rwanda killing at least 55 people and rescuers are trying to help the injured and trapped in their homes, a senior government official said Wednesday.

“It rained heavily throughout the night, causing great suffering,” Francois Haptigiko, the governor of Western Province, told Reuters, adding that the worst affected areas were Ngororero, Rubavu, Nyabehu, Rutsero and Karongi.

According to Reuters, “We lost many lives and families. About 55 people were killed, not to mention the wounded and trapped under their homes. We are trying to save as many people as possible.”

The state-run Rwanda Broadcasting Agency posted a video on Twitter showing muddy water flowing rapidly along a flooded road and destroyed homes.

Habitegeko said it started to rain around 6 pm (1600 GMT) on Tuesday and the Sebeya River had burst its banks.

“The soil is already soaked from the previous days of rain, which caused landslides that blocked roads,” he said.

Rwanda’s meteorological agency said above-average rainfall is expected in the east African country in May.


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