Heavy wind, rain sweep through Rwanda

APA - Kigali (Rwanda)

Heavy rains triggered by strong wind has made great material damage in several parts across Rwanda in last three days, local media reported Wednesday.

Since last Monday, at least 46 homes have been destroyed as a result of an unusually heavy rain Monday night in several parts of Rubavu, a district in North Western Rwanda.

Reports said the rains, that hit the area were characterized by heavy winds that blew off rooftops, leaving dozens of families homeless.

The disaster occurred just a few weeks after Rwanda’s Meteorological Department has issued a red weather alert of strong winds across most of the country this week, with gusts of up to 18-25 Km/h

According to the weather department, red alert means that it is likely that the weather will cause damage, for example, to buildings and roads.

Earlier this month, Rwanda Meteorological department warned there would be heavy rains between March and May in various parts of the country.

Natural disasters such as floods, earthquakes, lightning strikes and landslides, among others, cost the government Rwf1 billion annually, according to the Rwandan Ministry of Emergency Management and Refugee Affairs.


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