Heavy rain in Rwanda has caused landslides and floods that have claimed the lives of more than 130 people.
The rain hit Rwanda’s northern and western provinces on the evening of Tuesday May 2, causing the worst flooding in the country since May 2020, according to BBC.
Several deaths were caused by people being caught in the late-night rain while they were sleeping, an official told BBC.
“We woke up at 2 a.m and heard people screaming,” a resident in western Rwanda, where 16 people died, told Reuters.
Rwandan authorities have reported 130 fatalities, 77 injuries, and five missing persons.
“We are still looking for more. The number may increase, it is really a sad, this disaster has killed so many people,” said Rwandan Prime Minister Édouard Ngirente.
Meanwhile in Uganda, near the border of Rwanda, local authorities have reported six deaths.
uthorities are concentrating on reaching destroyed homes and finding buried people.
There are plans to distribute food, hygiene supplies, beds, and kitchenware to those in need as part of ongoing relief efforts.