Rwanda: Floods Emergency Plan of Action Final Report, Operation n° MDRRW011


A. Situation analysis

Description of the disaster

From 3 April 2015, heavy rains with strong winds and localized flooding hit Nyamasheke & Rubavu district in the Western Province, causing floods that affected an estimated 3,588 persons. The flooding resulted in 2 deaths, 6 severe injured, with 206 hectares of crops destroyed, submerged latrines, and severe damage to homes including the destruction of roofs for the affected population; many of the affected families were displaced under precarious conditions. On 21 April 2015, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) released 58,081Swiss Fra from the Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support the Rwanda Red Cross Society RRCS respond to the needs of 2,000 people (400 households) affected by the flooding through interventions in the areas of shelter and settlements, water, sanitation and hygiene promotion, for a period of 2 months (20 April - 20 June 2015).

This DREF has been replenished by Belgian Government / Red Cross. The major donors and partners of the DREF include the Red Cross Societies and governments of Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Monaco, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden and the USA, as w ell as DG ECHO, the UK Department for International Development (DFID) the Medtronic and Zurich and other corporate and private donors. The IFRC, on behalf of the Rwanda Red Cross Society would like to extend its thanks to all partners for their generous contributions.

Please note that a Preliminary Report was issued in advance of this Final Report on 30th September 2015. The report was pending the reimbursement of costs related to items that were procured without the agreement of the DREF Appeal Manager or eligible under DREF guidelines, or have not been distributed and have since been pre-positioned.

Summary of current response

Overview of Host National Society

The RRCS mobilized staff and volunteers to provide immediate assistance to the flood-affected population in the Nyamasheke and Rubavu districts. An emergency assessment was carried out in both districts in collaboration with the Ministry of Disaster Management and Refugees Affairs (MIDMAR). RRCS mobilized its staff and volunteers to provide immediate assistance to the affected communities. The RRCS local committees of Nyamasheke and Rubavu mobilized volunteers that rescued and evacuated stranded and (6) injured persons in flooded areas in the aftermath of the emergency, in joint effort with the local authorities and the national police. The RRCS provided first aid services and psychological support to the affected people as well as transported the injured to the nearest health centers. RRCS assisted the communities to recover bodies of relatives and friends buried in mud as a result of the floods, and provided dead body management support (two persons dead) in Rubavu district. RRCS also conducted tracing activities for missing persons, including children. A total of 3,425 people have been assisted by Branch Disaster Response Team (BDRT/LDRT) Volunteers in the two districts.