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Flooding, landslides leaves 129 dead in Rwanda

Heavy rains have been predicted to continue all through the month of May. Photo: BBC

At least, 129 people in Rwanda have been killed in flooding and landslides caused by continued heavy rains.

Authorities on Wednesday also confirmed the death of six others in Uganda as rescuers continue the search for survivors trapped in homes.

Rwanda’s deputy government spokesperson, Alain Mukurarinda confirmed that, as of 3.30p.m. local time, fatalities had risen to 129.

Governor of Rwanda’s Western Province, François Habitegeko said the River Sebeya had burst its banks.

“The soil was already soaked from the previous days of rain, which caused landslides that closed roads,” he said.

Reacting to the disaster, President Paul Kagame said his government was rendering assistance to the affected people, including the provision of temporary relocations.

The six persons who died in Uganda overnight into Wednesday were in the southern Kisoro district near the border with Rwanda, Uganda Red Cross confirmed.

Writing by Muzha Kucha; Editing by Julian Osamoto and Adeniyi Bakare