On this 3rd May, 2018, the Media were briefed on the decisions of a special cabinet meeting on disasters which took place on 2nd May, 2018 and chaired by His Excellence, Paul KAGAME.
From January to end April, heavy rains have been pouring in the whole country. Heavy rains caused different disasters including floods, landslides, thunderstorms and strong winds among others.
The disaster effects caused deaths and injured people. They destroyed infrastructures like roads, schools, and bridges and further damaged houses and crops.
The Institutions and Non-Governmental Organizations working in Rwanda were called upon to own the joint Gender Action Plan for Refugees living in different camps in Rwanda. That call was made on 8th February, 2018 during the launch of the Inter-Agency Gender Action Plan that is to enable the closure of available gender gaps in all refugee camps in Rwanda.
Over the period from 7 to 8 May 2016, a disaster caused by the landslide, heavy rains with strong wind in Northern Province specifically in Gakenke District occurred and caused 34 deaths, complete destruction of 2,317 houses, partial destruction of 1,500 houses, destruction of various infrastructures including 58 km of roads, 29 bridges, 1425 households, damage of 3,447 hectares of agricultural land with various crops such as rice, beans, maize and the loss of 700 livestock among others.
The Government of Rwanda through the Ministry of Disaster Management and Refugees, the Rwanda Directorate General of immigration and Emigration, the National Identification Agency (NIDA) in partnership with the United Nations Agency for Refugees (UNHCR) launched on 9th February, 2018 at OAISIS OF PEACE the Verification Exercise of all Refugees and Asylum seekers living in Rwanda with the purpose of updating information and verifying their physical presence in the country through biometric data.