Over 50 families in Rubavu left homeless after heavy rains

Over 50 families were left without shelter following a heavy downpour that brought down their houses and left several other homes flooded on Monday. The most affected area was Gisa cell in Rugerero Sector. The floods are attributed to poor drainage and housing systems.
A house belonging to Jean Bosco Sebishyimbo which was destroyed by heavy rains  in Rubavu District on Monday. The New Times / A. Ngarambe.
A house belonging to Jean Bosco Sebishyimbo which was destroyed by heavy rains in Rubavu District on Monday. The New Times / A. Ngarambe.

Over 50 families were left without shelter following a heavy downpour that brought down their houses and left several other homes flooded on Monday.

The most affected area was Gisa cell in Rugerero Sector. The floods are attributed to poor drainage and housing systems.

Jean Bosco Sebishyimbo, whose house collapsed appealed to the government for support to rebuild his house and buy other household property swept away by floods.

“Part of what remained of my house developed a big crack and I fear to enter. I will look for someone to shelter me and my family,” narrated Sebishyimbo.

Many residents have abandoned their shuttered homes fearing for the worst.

Celestine Kabayizi, the Governor of Western Province, Sheikh Hassan Bahame ,the mayor of Rubavu District and Brig. Gen Wilson Gumisiriza, RDF commander in the Western Province visited the devastated area.

“It’s been three years since we experienced this kind of disaster and we are only lucky that it rained during the day. Otherwise lives would have been lost as well,” said Esidore Mpozembizi, another victim.

The Ministry of Disaster preparedness called on local leaders to organise communal work to unclog the channels to avoid future calamities.

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