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ActionAid responds as devastating floods hit Rwanda

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The floods have destroyed hundreds of homes, wiped out potato, beans and maize crops and led to the death of five people in Western and Northern Rwanda, reports ActionAid.

ActionAid works across the worst affected districts of Musanze district, Shringiro and four other provinces. Our experts are carrying out assessments on the ground to provide people with basics such as food, shelter, clothes, seeds and fertilisers.

Since April 12, heavy rains have washed away farms and crops in the western district of Musanze and neighbouring northern districts of Rubavu and Nyabihu. An estimated ten thousand people are being impacted by the worst flooding in the area since 1982. The infrastructure in the area has also been damaged with bridges being washed away.

In one of the worst affected areas, the Western province of Rubavu District, 788 homes have been destroyed by the floods. In the Northern province of Musanze District, at least 850 people have been made homeless, through numbers are expected to rise as the rainy season continues until May.

ActionAid’s Country Director, Josephine Irene  said: “Our teams are on the ground, working with the worst affected and vulnerable communities to support them through the coming weeks and months.  Immediate priorities include shelter and clean drinking water."

“The flooding has wrecked people’s homes and livelihoods, pushing farmers deeper  in to poverty and making hundreds of people homeless. We expect the rainfall to become heavier over the coming week as the rainy season peaks in May.”