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Dozens Die In Rwandan Landslides, Rainstorms

Posted: May 9, 2016 at 2:24 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)



Rwandan authorities in Kigali confirmed on Monday that landslides caused by heavy rains killed 49 people and destroyed hundreds of buildings in the country over the weekend.

Torrential rains brought down 500 homes, damaged infrastructure and injured another 26 people from Saturday night into late Sunday.

Seraphine Mukantabana, Rwanda’s Disaster Management and Refugee Affairs Minister, said so far 49 bodies have been counted and rescue officials were still searching the affected areas for more bodies.

She said that most of the people affected were children and the elderly.

Mukantabana stated that more than 26 people were rushed to hospital, and at least 442 houses were destroyed.

“The landslides also blocked roads, including one in Gisenyi leading to neighbouring Congo.

“The fatalities included 34 in Gakenke district, eight in Muhanga, four in Rubavu and three in Ngororero,” she said.

East African countries have seen much heavier rains this year, many of them blaming the El Nino weather phenomenon.