Rwanda: Floods - Dec 2019Ongoing
On 6th and 7th December 2019, extensive floods were observed along Nyabarongo river and its affluents in Ngororero district, damaging crops in Matyazo, Muhanda, Shyira and Kabaya sectors with maximum recorded rainfall at 60.8mm. For Gisagara district, four sectors were affected, namely Mamba, Gishubi, Kansi and Muganza, with maximum recorded rainfall at 35.6mm. In Rusizi district, the sectors of Bugarama Butare, Gitambi, Gikundamvura, Muganza, Mkungu and Nyakabuye were affected with maximum recorded rainfall at 44.9mm. According to the initial assessments conducted by the Ministry of Emergency Management (MINEMA) and Rwanda Red Cross Society (RRCS) on 7-9 December, it is estimated that approximately 5,360 people (1,072 households) have been affected as a result of these floods. Sixteen people were reported to have died and 33 were injured. In addition, a total of 1,016 hectares of crops grown up in the marshlands and the swamps near the rivers were damaged and, in most cases, completely destroyed. Three water supply systems in Rusizi District (one in Gitambi and 2 in Muganza sectors) were also destroyed. (IFRC, 3 Jan 2020)
Most read reports
- FEWS NET: Global Weather Hazards Summary: January 10 - 16, 2020. 9 Jan 2020
- World Vision: World Vision East Africa Region Situation Report | December 1 - December 31, 2019. 24 Jan 2020
- FEWS NET: Global Weather Hazards Summary: January 3 - 9, 2020. 4 Jan 2020
- World Vision: World Vision Rwanda: Situation Report | December 1 - December 31, 2019. 24 Jan 2020
- IFRC: Rwanda: Floods - Emergency Plan of Action - DREF n° MDRRW018. 3 Jan 2020
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By JOHNSON KANAMUGIRE
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