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U.S Embassy avails over Rwf 40m emergency rain damage relief

Written by: Administrator
Friday, May 11th, 2018, 16:25

The United States Ambassador to Rwanda Peter Vrooman on Thursday authorized over Rwf43 million for immediate emergency response to destruction caused by heavy rain storms. The relief funds will aid families with needs identified by the Rwanda’s Ministry of Disaster Management and Refugee Affairs (MIDIMAR).


The aid was provided to CARE International in Rwanda (CARE Rwanda) to provide emergency relief supplies and conduct gender based violence prevention and referrals for households in Nyabihu district.  These supplies include items such as sleeping mats, saucepans, blankets, mosquito nets, mattresses for pregnant women, jerrycans and hygiene products.


The start of Rwanda’s first rainy season has been marked by heavy rain storms that have caused flooding, the destruction of housing, crops, bridges, and loss of life. 


According to MIDIMAR at least 180 people were killed and 9,974 houses had been destroyed or damaged since the beginning of January. Damage also affected roads, bridges, livestock, water supply lines, electrical lines, schools, and churches.


Given the strong partnership between the United States and the Government of Rwanda and its people, and the impact of this disaster on Rwanda, U.S. Ambassador Peter Vroomanis is pleased to make available U.S. Government resources to assist the emergency response.



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