16.05.2018 11:08 Age: 307 days

The Government comforts Karongi District population

Prime Minister Dr. Edouard NGIRENTE addressing mourners in Rwankuba Sector, Karongi District.

The Prime Minister Dr. Edouard Ngirente together with the Minister of Disaster Management and Refugees; DE BONHEUR Jeanne d’Arc and other officials joined hands with residents of Rwankuba Sector, Karongi District on  8th May, 2018 to lay to rest 18 victims of landslide caused by downpour that affected Karongi district.

The Prime Minister, Dr. Edouard Ngirente joined Rwankuba residents in the afternoon and comforted grieving families.

“We have come here on behalf of the government to comfort you. Nowadays, we are experiencing unexpected heavy rains, killing many people and damaging infrastructures and properties. Today, we comfort you and the whole Rwandans in general,” The Prime Minister said.

He therefore requested the population’s contribution in mitigating disaster risk effects. He implored the population living the high risk zone to do their utmost and relocate to make sure their lives are not harmed due to disasters.

“The government will continue to support the Rwandan population through direct and long-term interventions. However so, you should also play the big role by relocating from high risk zones and resettle in a safe places,” he added.

The Minister for Disaster Management and Refugees (MIDIMAR), DE BONHEUR Jeanne D’Arc said that population could join hands to mitigate the disaster effects through digging radical terraces, embracing rain water harvesting systems and avoiding construction in high risk zones.

The Minister MIDIMAR requested the population to respect measures and advices in regards to disaster effect mitigation not only during the rainy season period but also to make it a habit.

Also present were, the Minister of Local Governance; Francis Kaboneka, the minister of Cabinet affairs Kayisire Solange, the Minister for Environment; Vincent Biruta, the Minister of State in charge of Transport in the Ministry of Infrastructure; Jean de Dieu Uwihanganye, the Governor of Western Province; Munyantwali Alphonse as well as security officials from Police and Army.       

From January to 10th May, 2018, the MIDIMAR recorded 215 deaths and 239 injured.  Disasters damaged 4974 Ha of crops and destroyed 10387 houses. They destroyed 61 roads, 8 churches, 43 bridges and killed 708 livestock.

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