December 5, 2019

Landslide Leaves At least 13 Families Homeless In Northern Rwanda

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Residents today following a sleepless night yesterday as a hill gave way

Local villagers in Muko and Kimonyi sectors of Musanze district, northwestern Rwanda, are going to spend days, or even weeks, struggling to survive after landslide left trail of destruction.

Around 2am last night, people were awaken by rumbling noise during heavy rain. Within minutes, the entire neighborhood was sliding down the small hill in the area. The people in the largely rural area stayed in the dark until early today when news spread.

No one was killed, according to Provincial and district officials, but a count established 13 houses had been completely destroyed and farmland.

The exact number of people affected, whose homes and farmland is now gone, has yet to be established.

By Thursday afternoon, officials said that damage caused on peoples’ property was about Rwf 20m, which is a huge figure considering the area.

One of the houses swept downhill

Those affected are asking to be given emergency help with shelter and food, and be relocated to another area since they have been living in a high risk zone.

Kazungu Mugabo Cyprien, Musanze district officer on the scene, said they will provide shelter for those unable to find a place to stay as they struggle to rebuild their homes.

More damage in the area

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