KIGALI – Natural disasters in Rwanda have left at least 234 people dead 268 injured since the beginning of 2018, according to a report official investigation issued Monday by the Ministry of Disaster Management.
In addition, more than 15,200 homes and some 9,400 hectares of crops were ravaged in 15 districts most affected by natural hazards, between January and the end of October 2018, said this report relayed by local media.
The Rwandan authorities have indicated that environmental disasters have caused, in the aggregate, direct economic losses of $ 230 million (204 billion Rwandan francs) until October 2017.
In May 2018, members of Parliament's Standing Committee on the Budget called for the creation of a Special Relief Fund to help the affected households.
Each year, during the rainy season, large tracts of land in several mountainous areas in northern and western Rwanda are destroyed by floods while leaving thousands of people homeless.
According to recent data updated by the Rwandan government, the country has long been vulnerable to natural disasters as a result of climate change with recurrent disasters including torrential rains, floods, landslides and tremors of earth
According to the Ministry of Disaster Management, the government has allocated funds to help people in the disaster areas, and has sent relief supplies to meet basic needs.