KIGALI Rwanda (Xinhua) --
As heavy downpour has left over 100 people dead
and property destroyed, the Rwandan government has embarked on
emergency relief efforts to support the victims, Rwandan Prime
minister Edouard Ngirente said Friday.
The government has
intensified efforts to help people with emergencies and evacuate
vulnerable communities from disaster risks, said Ngirente.
continues to provide basic assistance to the population of
various areas across the country affected by disasters resulting
from heavy rains, he said.
According to him,
from the beginning of this year, the government has provided
iron roofing worth over 164,930 U.S. dollars and 233,943 dollars
of basic utensils.
He noted that the
government has strengthened efforts to cope with the impacts of
the worst rains and floods hit the country in the past few years
and to meet long term solutions to the disasters.
Early this week,
Ngirente together with several Rwanda cabinet members and other
government officials visited areas most hit by rainfall
disasters which include the districts of Karongi, Rutsiro,
Rubavu, Ngororero, Nyabihu in Western province, and Gakenke and
Burera districts in Northern Province.
According to figures
from the Rwandan Ministry of Disaster Management and Refugee
Affairs, at least 183 people were killed and 215 others were
injured in Rwanda by disasters triggered by heavy rains in the
first four months of 2018.
4,560 hectares of crops and destroyed 9,974 houses, 58 roads,
seven churches, 42 bridges and 705 livestock lost their lives to
disasters, according to the ministry.