Heavy rains

Tuesday night rains claim 12 lives

The Ministry of Emergency Management (Minema) says that heavy rains that pounded different parts of the country on the night of Tuesday April 21, claimed lives of twelve people and left 18 others injured. Among the fatalities include four children in Cyungo Sector, Rulindo District in...

Wednesday, April 22, 2020 - 8:25pm

Meteo warns of heavy rains during weekend

Heavy rainfall and strong winds are expected in most parts of the country, from Friday, April 17 through 20, according to a weather warning notice issued by Rwanda Meteorology Agency. The forecast predicts precipitation ranging between 10 and 50 millimeters per day in the city of Kigali, the...

Saturday, April 18, 2020 - 1:38am

Video of land appearing to float on land goes viral, Scientists say it is normal

A video of a large chunk of land shifting ground has been going viral on social media. In the background, you could hear people speaking Kinyarwanda and in shock saying this is a sign of the end of the world. Others took to Twitter to make fun of  footage that was taken the weekend...

Tuesday, March 17, 2020 - 10:02am

Over 1,000 households to be evacuated from high-risk zones in Kigali

As Rwanda Meteorology Agency predicts heavy rains that are likely to cause serious hazards, the City of Kigali authorities have said that they are set to urgently relocate more than 11,000 families dwelling in disaster-prone areas. City authorities disclosed on Monday, March 9, at a news...

Tuesday, March 10, 2020 - 1:17pm

Five die in flooded cave while praying

An incessant rainstorm that pelted down last night has killed five among eleven believers who were praying in a cave located in Nyamagabe District, southwestern Rwanda. By the time of publication, three bodies had been found while local police and authorities searched for the rest. The victims...

Friday, March 6, 2020 - 7:52pm

Heavy rains: Death toll rises to five

The Ministry of Emergency Management (Minema) has confirmed that five people died while infrastructure was destroyed on Monday night due to heavy rains. The damage comes after the Rwanda Meteorology Agency made “above normal” rainfall predictions between March and May, last...

Tuesday, March 3, 2020 - 2:58pm

One dead, 11 injured in heavy rains downpour

Heavy rains on Sunday and Monday killed one person in Ndera Sector, Gasabo District and injured 11 others while several infrastructures were damaged, the Ministry of Emergency Management (MINEMA)  said on Monday evening. This comes after the Rwanda Meteorology Agency made “above...

Tuesday, March 3, 2020 - 12:31am

Heavy rains: Death toll rises to 19

The number of confirmed deaths from torrential rains across the country since Sunday has risen to 19 after authorities initially put the number at 13 on Sunday, February 2. The toll rose partly as a result of another downpour on Monday, February 4, after the Emergency Ministry announced the...

Wednesday, February 5, 2020 - 1:53am

PICTORIAL: Rwanda Police rescues people after heavy rains in Kigali

Rwanda National Police's Fire and Rescue Brigade on Monday, February 3 rescued a number of people who were stranded after heavy rains flooded the area around One-Love. According to Meteo Rwanda, more rains are predicted in the first three months of the year than the previous years. ...

Tuesday, February 4, 2020 - 1:58am

Heavy rains pound Kigali

Heavy rains that pounded for hours yesterday were felt in a number of the parts of Kigali city, one of the affected areas being Gisozi-Gakiriro area where the waters flooded the road connecting to the Nyarutarama-Kagugu road causing a hitch in transport for pedestrians and motorists and bikes....

Wednesday, January 29, 2020 - 5:19pm

Weatherman cautions of more severe rains

Different parts of the country were characterized by day-long rains, which in the afternoon turned heavy, at least in Kigali, flooding different parts of the capital. The heavy rains, occasioned by strong winds, were predicted by Rwanda Meteorology Agency in an alert issued on Monday evening, in...

Wednesday, January 29, 2020 - 8:05am

EDITORIAL: At long last, Meteo gets it right

Rwanda Meteorological Agency has at last retrieved its forecast reputation by correctly warning the public of the current heavy rains. In the past, its predictions were a laughing stock and subject for jokes, but this time it is the toast of the town because its forecast helped save lives....

Wednesday, January 29, 2020 - 12:22am

Heavy rains expected to usher in February

Heavy rains and strong winds wreck havoc in Rwanda's west, south and East as we transit from January to February, the weatherman has warned. In an alert issued January 27,  Rwanda Meteorology Agency predicts heavy rains from the evening of 27th to 28th January and 31st January...

Tuesday, January 28, 2020 - 12:28pm

Rice farmers count losses as disasters damage over 11,000 hectares of crops

The heavy rains experienced between October and December 2019 left a section of farmers counting losses. Gisagara District in Southern Province experienced heavy rains and flooding that eroded rice crops in the valley between Mamba and Gikonko sectors. Farmers told Business Times that the...

Wednesday, January 22, 2020 - 12:08am

Heavy rains affect bean production

Rain has been “too much” this season, and has not done any good to crops like beans and soya. Farmers and consumers are worried that the prices of rice on market will hike sooner than they used to. For centuries, beans have been the main food staple for Rwandans; traditionally, they...

Saturday, January 18, 2020 - 12:49am

Christmas night downpour claims 12 lives

Heavy rains that ravaged mainly the City of Kigali on Christmas night claimed at least 12 lives across the country with four deaths recorded just in the capital, officials have said. Unforeseen by the weathermen, the downpour in Kigali started around 7pm, and lasted...

Thursday, December 26, 2019 - 6:39pm

MPs push for disaster fund as rains cause havoc

About 10,000 houses, worth an estimated Rwf24 billion, were destroyed by heavy rains that hit various parts of the country since January; this is without counting damage to infrastructure, not to mention loss of life. The disasters have led to members of the parliamentary standing committee on...

Monday, May 21, 2018 - 5:00am

Destroyed bridges hinder movement as govt pledges quick response

About a week ago, a $12 million Gatare Tea Factory in Nyamasheke District rejected four tonnes of tea leaves over deterioration because of delay caused by the destruction of bridges and roads due to heavy rain, Fred Rwagasana, the Managing Director of the factory told Sunday Times. The tea was...

Sunday, May 13, 2018 - 12:46am

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