KIGALI Rwanda (Xinhua) --
At least three people were injured and over 900
residents left homeless in flooding triggered by heavy rains in
Rubavu District, western Rwanda, on Saturday.
A total of 924
houses were damaged, said Alphonse Munyantwari, governor of
Rwanda’s Western Province, on Sunday.
Floods also damaged
crops and blocked 11 bridges, the governor told journalists in
Rubavu after meeting with local government officials.
efforts to mobilize relief aid to help the affected residents
appealed to residents to ensure hygiene standards to avoid
outbreak of diseases such as cholera.
strategies are in place to rebuild affected old bridges, plant
trees along the river banks to control floods and relocate
residents living in high-risk zones to avoid similar incidents
in the future.
At least 17 killed
in garbage dump landslide in Mozambique
MAPUTO Mozambique (Xinhua) --
At least 17 people were killed and several
others were injured in a landslide in a garbage dump on the
outskirts of the Mozambican capital Maputo due to heavy rain on
early Monday morning.
The victims living
around the Hulene garbage dump were asleep when the rain caused
the garbage to collapse and bury their houses.
have been at the site of the accident since morning.
Firefighters proceed to debris to rescue survivors or bodies.
Maputo City Governor
Yolanda Cintura told the press at the scene that the government
will meet today to draw up plans to prevent similar tragedies
from happening again.
“At this point, the
government has already made a commitment to identify places to
house people who are homeless due to this bad event,” she said,
adding that the number of families affected is still to be
The governor thanked
the efforts of people with good will who are assisting
firefighters and other competent authorities in removing debris.
Without giving more
details, the governor said the disaster has sped up the
government’s pace to close the dump.
Located among houses
and in the city, the Hulene garbage dump is a precarious and old
dump whose closure has been under discussion for many years.
“The closure is
already well underway,” Cintura said, “and most of the families
living around the garbage dump have already been resettled in
other neighborhoods in Maputo.”
The governor said
that although the precarious situation of the dump was
identified a long time ago and steps have been taken, many
people still return to that place.
The local residents
always complain to the government about the nauseating smell of
the dump, around which many waste pickers and street-loafers
In 2014, the garbage
wall collapsed and interrupted the neighboring road for two
Heavy rains kill
50 since last October in Mozambique
MAPUTO Mozambique (Xinhua) --
The death toll from heavy rains has risen
to 50 in Mozambique since the rainy season began in October last
year, the National Disaster Management Institute (INGC) revealed
in its latest update on Wednesday in capital, Maputo.
“Rains and heavy
winds, sometimes accompanied by atmospheric discharges, mostly
in northern Mozambique, have caused 50 deaths and affected
another 129,683 people since the rainy season began in October
last year,” Paulo Tomas, INGC’s spokesperson told reporters.
Tomas said that
during the period heavy rains destroyed more than 21,000 houses,
667 classrooms, health facilities and other infrastructures.
According to the
spokesperson, the situation is unlikely to turn for the better
soon as the hydrological forecast for the next seven days points
to possible urban floods in the cities of Maputo, Matola and
Beira and erosion in Manica.
“From February 24 to
March 4, moderate rainfall is predicted to occur in the southern
and central regions. In the northern region, heavy rains are
expected, and the accumulated precipitation may reach between
100 and 300 millimeters, “said the spokesman.
On early Monday
morning, 17 people died when a garbage dump collapsed, engulfing
seven shacks in the neighborhood of Hulene on the outskirts of
Maputo. The mudslide was caused by overnight rainfall from
Sunday to Monday.