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Rwanda, officially the Republic of Rwanda, is a landlocked country in the Great Rift Valley of Central Africa, where the African Great Lakes region and East Africa converge. Located a few degrees south of the Equator, Rwanda is bordered by Uganda, Tanzania, Burundi, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Wikipedia

Capital: Kigali

President: Paul Kagame

Population: 12.95 million (2020) World Bank

Currency: Rwandan franc

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Widespread Flooding Hits Rwanda

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The Western and Northern provinces of Rwanda have been hit by heavy rain, floods and landslides over the last few days, causing dozens of deaths. According to the state broadcaster, Rwanda Broadcasting Agency (RBA), as of 03 May 2023, 95 people have died in Western Province and 14 in Northern Province.

The flooding and landslides were triggered by heavy rain that fell from 02 to 03 May 2023. François Habitegeko, governor of the Western Province, told Reuters that the hardest-hit districts were Ngororero, Rubavu, Nyabihu, Rutsiro and Karongi. The governor reported that 14 people have died in Karongi, 26 in Rutsiro, 18 in Rubavu, 19 in Nyabihu and 18 in Ngororero.

The governor also said that several people have been injured and more are feared missing after houses collapsed. The authorities are making efforts to rescue as many people as possible. Rwanda National Police have reported that the Mukamira-Ngororero and Rubavu-Rutsiro roads are impassable due to flooding and landslide debris, and drivers have been advised to find alternative routes.

The Rwanda Meteorology Agency has warned that above-average rainfall is expected in many parts of the country during the first 10 days of May, raising concerns of further flooding and landslides. The government has urged citizens to be vigilant and take precautionary measures to avoid further casualties.

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