The US Government through its Embassy in Rwanda has pledged to contribute Rwf 43 million to support Rwanda following diseases that hit the nation recently.
This is after the visit by H.E Peter H. Vrooman, the US envoy to Rwanda to the Ministry of Disaster Management and Refugees ( MIDIMAR) today Thursday, May 10, 2018.
As he met the Minister of Disaster Management and Refugees, Hon. De Bonheur Jeanne d’Arc, Ambassador Peter H. Vrooman extended his condolences to the Government of Rwanda and mostly to the families whose members have been killed by the current disaster effects.
Further, he informed the Minister of Disaster Management and Refugees, Hon. DE BONHEUR Jeanne d’Arc that the U.S. Government contributes Rwf43 million for emergency rain damage relief, according to MIDIMAR’s website.
“Through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), we have authorized over Rwf43 million for immediate emergency response to the destruction caused by heavy rain since January,” said Ambassador Peter H. Vrooman.
“The aid was provided to CARE International in Rwanda (CARE Rwanda) to assist the Government of Rwanda in replacing emergency relief supplies for households in Kirehe and Rubavu district as districts most affected by disasters,” he added.
The supplies to be provided under the emergency funds from U.S. Government include items such as sleeping mats, saucepans, blankets, mosquito nets, mattresses for pregnant women, jerrycans and hygiene products.
Minister De Bonheur Jeanne d’Arc commended the support and contribution of U.S. Government to the wellbeing of the Rwandan population and those on its soil.
“We thank the U.S Government for their support to the Rwandans. We also commend their partnership with the Rwandan people and specifically the Ministry of Disaster Management and Refugees towards the mitigation of Disaster effects and improving the refugees’ wellbeing,” she said.
According to official numbers by MIDIMAR, as of April 30, since the start of the year 2018, at least 116 people were reported dead while MIDIMAR recorded about 207 serious injuries caused by either rains or landslides and storms.
MIDIMAR said 1201 houses had also been destroyed and 4130 plus two administrative buildings damaged as the result of the floods, landslides, thunderstorms and strong winds, lightning, fire or hailstorm.
The damages also included 2433ha of crops, 23 roads, 33 bridges, seven churches, 21 classrooms and 705 cattle.
Meanwhile, residents in Kimigara sector, Nyarugenge district are being relocated to nearby churches in a bid to salvage the lives of those who live in high risk zones.
It is also expected that in case the churches will be full, the rest of these residents will be relocated to stadiums.
Local authorities decided to relocate more than 50 households that live on Mount Kigali today after some houses collapsed caused by heavy rains.