At least 52 people were killed while 119 others were injured by various forms of natural disasters in Rwanda since January 2017, Rwandan ministry of disaster management announced on Thursday.
Briefing journalists ahead of the International Day for Disaster Reduction to be marked Friday in Bugesera district, Southern Rwandan, Rwandan minister of disaster management and refugee affairs Jeanne d’Arc De Bonheur said about 130 houses were completely destroyed, more than 4,000 partly ruined while 2014 hectares of plantations were destroyed.
Some 23 bridges, more than 160 classrooms, water channels, health facilities, churches and electric poles were destroyed by disasters including floods triggered by heavy downpour, said the minister.
Disasters remain a serious threat to people’s lives in different parts of Rwanda, she said.
She said Rwanda will focus on protecting the environment and building houses for affected residents as well as clearing drainage systems.
Plans are underway to relocate over 3,900 poor households living in areas regarded as high risk zones, said a Rwanda Housing Authority official at the briefing. Enditem