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Floods in western Rwanda kill at least 109 people

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Heavy rain caused flooding and landslides on Tuesday in western Rwanda killing at least 109 people in the Western and Northern Provinces, according to state media Rwanda Broadcasting Agency (RBA.)

The Rwanda National Police warned that due to heavy rains, the roads Mukamira-Ngororero and Rubavu-Rutsiro are temporarily unavailable.

“You are advised to use alternative roads. Police officers are available to direct traffic,” the Rwanda National Police said in their twitter account.

The Rwanda Meteorology Agency had warned in its forecast for May that many parts of the country will receive more rainfall than average this month.

It added that the first 10 days of the month will be wetter-than-normal with increased rains compared to April.

According to the Rwandan Government’s Ministry in Charge of Emergency Management (MINEMA), more than 60 people have died from disasters between January and April this year, and the country’s Northern and Western provinces have been the most hit.

The Northern Province alone has witnessed no fewer than 1500 cases of disaster ranging from floods and landslides in the last five years, with more than 200 people killed and thousands of homes destroyed, according to MINEMA.

Last year, 205 people died from disasters across Rwanda, MINEMA said in its Disaster Effects Situation Report. Sixty-nine were from floods, landslides and rainstorms, the report said.

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