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Projet: Talk show club de la presse "Urubuga rw'itangazamakuru"

Activité:Summary of weekly radio talk-show « Emission Club de la Presse: "Urubuga rw’Itangazamakuru "

Date:21/05/2020

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  • IPGL
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The Ministry of Emergency Management confirmed that at least 72 people across the country lost their lives due to the disasters associated with a heavy downpour since 6 May 2020.

The heavy rains caused trails of landslides and floods that killed people from Musanze, Gakenke, Rulindo in the Northern Province, and Nyabihu and Rubavu of Western Province.

“Urubuga rw'Itangazamakuru” talk show (Club de la Presse) of this Sunday 17-05-2020 broadcasted in synergy by ten radios from all regions of the country and a Television (TV Isango star), focused on “Effects of heavy rains on Rwandan citizens and solutions”

Invitees:

In studio

  1. Olivier Kayumba:   Permanent Secretary at Ministry of Emergency Management
  2. Aimable Gahigi/ DG  METEO RWANDA

Via phone calls

  1. Gatabazi JMV: Northern Province  Governor

 The invitee from MINEMA said that 75 people died, over 500 houses, 7 bridges, and water supply channels of Muhanga-Ruhango and Nyanza have been destroyed.

“Several properties have been destroyed across the country. We are still counting them. For people whose houses were destroyed; they have been evacuated in school classrooms near their areas. The fast emergency help was also extended to them including beddings and food” He said

Northern Province has been reported to be among the worst hit.  Governor JMV Gatabazi said that the disasters which include floods, thunder and landslides mostly affected crops and other public infrastructure such as bridges, schools, and a number of roads.

He added that of the affected families, 528 have been living in High-risk zones.

Even though the damage was immense, Gatabazi said that the province was working together with the local government and other authorities to help the affected families.

“Efforts are underway to arrange for temporary accommodation for the affected residents. More support is being organised to help the affected,” he said.

The support includes relocating the vulnerable families to different schools for shelter, providing roofing sheets, and also supporting them with meals.

The Director General of Meteo Rwanda, Dr Gahigi Aimable said that heavy rain would continue until June 2020 especially in Northern and Western Province.

He said that there is a good collaboration between meteo and local government authorities; meteo gives all information to local leaders but citizens are not well warned to leave high risk zones. 

Citizens participated in the talk show through phone calls and messages. They pleaded for government support to victims of the rain who have been evacuated in school classrooms where one classroom accommodates 4 families.

The leaders pledged support to the affected families and promised to closely work with the districts to devise a long-term solution in the shortest time possible.

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