28.06.2017 12:10 Age: 52 days

NATURAL DISASTER RECOVERY

Natural Disasters destroy investments of years, obstruct further development, and typically leaves some economic damage in its wake intangible losses such as personal anguish, loss of family treasures and disruption of the family.

Among the roles of the Ministry of Disaster Management & Refugees roles, early intervention following natural disasters is always a priority, especially when the disaster is associated with extreme and widespread damage to property, ongoing financial problems for the stricken community, threat to life, and loss of life. Victims are helped for instance rebuilding their homes and livelihoods, given financial support, Food and accommodation while waiting for their new houses. The Ministry also makes sure it develops the capacity of local communities affected by the disaster to recover in case any new disaster would occur.

The victims in Gakenke District and Rusizi District surely incurred enormous loss therefore, with the support of ONE-UN Rwanda; MIDIMAR was able to support them in rehabilitation and development.

GAKENKE District

 “I had lost eight chicken and a house, but I immediately got the help after the incident. Food, Kitchen utensils and money were given to me. From the money I got I was able to buy a cow. After the tragic experience we have become more vigilant, now we have learned how to prevent floods by protecting wetlands and introducing plant trees.

 

Marcel, victim from Gakenke District

“It was around 3:00am when the landslide hit my house, it was completely destroyed. I had nowhere to live but MIDIMAR came to our rescue giving us the money to help us buy the basic materials we had lost during disasters. In addition, they supported all the work of constructing my new house”. Says MUJAWAYEZU JACQUELINE a victim of floods in GAKENKE District.

 

“It was around 3:00am when the landslide hit my house, it was completely destroyed. I had nowhere to live but MIDIMAR came to our rescue giving us the money to help us buy the basic materials we had lost during disasters. In addition, they supported all the work of constructing my new house”. Says MUJAWAYEZU JACQUELINE a victim of floods in GAKENKE District.

 

MUJAWAYEZU Jacqueline, victim from GAKENKE District

Mr. INGABIRE Jerome Disaster Management Officer in the District of GAKENKE confirms 1318 houses have been constructed in GAKENKE district for the victims and assets lost during the disaster have been replaced. For those who were doing small businesses have been given money as capital to start afresh their businesses.

Water supply systems and creating alternative arrangements to reduce damages to infrastructure facilities and terracing have been done as well in prevention of disasters. He confirms the beneficial outcomes of this project.

 

RUSIZI District

 

NYIRAHABIMANA Constance was also given new house in the District of RUSIZI.” Ooh I have a great pleasure, I can’t find words to express my gratitude, my heart is full of joy. I was leaving in a house which was almost falling, and during the rainy season, water would feel in the house and we would not even be able to cook to eat. Later the authorities came to help us; finally, I was given a new house in BUGARAMA Sector”.

NYIRAHABIMANA Constance, victim- RUSIZI              

In collaboration with ONE UN, the Health Center of NGANZO in GAKENKE District was constructed and Medical & Surgical equipment and other assets like boots and umbrella for the Community Health Workers were supplied after the disaster that happened in Cell NGANZO.

Health Center of NGANZO in GAKENKE District

The Ministry of Disaster Management and Refugees always sensitize disaster mitigation to Victims as well as all Rwandan citizens. Not all natural disasters can be prevented but the impacts can be lessened with proper planning and warning systems and this requires the Ministry, local officials and community cooperation.


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