Rwanda’s Ministry for Disaster Management and Refugees Affairs (MIDIMAR) has disclosed that the country lost 52 persons and spent Rwf 6.5billions to assist disaster victims.
This revelation comes as Rwanda prepares to kick start a one week campaign on disaster risk reduction, and celebration of ‘International Day for Disaster Reduction,’ this Friday.
According to MIDIMAR, from January to October11, this year, 52 individuals lost their lives, while 119 were seriously injured. 127 houses were destroyed and 2000 hectares of arable area was flooded.
However, De Bonheur Jeanne d’Arc, Minister in charge of disaster management and refugees affairs, said that Rwanda extended quick aid to all people affected by disasters, at different times.
“Families of the victims were assisted, medical services was provided and renovation of houses that were damaged is ongoing.”
Jeanne d’Arc, calls upon Rwandans to take part in this year’s ‘Disaster Risk Reduction Week’ campaign, under the theme “Disaster Free Home, Our Aim and Responsibility.”
The launch of this campaign will take place in Ngeruka sector of Bugesera District. Throughout the campaign week, MIDIMAR will partner with different stakeholders in tree planting and digging of water channels, to reduce soil erosion.
According to UN, the 2017 International Day for Disaster Reduction “seeks to raise global awareness about effective actions, policies and practices taken to reduce exposure to disaster risk at the community level, thereby contributing to saving homes and livelihoods.”