Landslides kill 18 people in Rwanda. 200 killed since January

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Updated: March 7, 2021


Fresh landslides killed at least 18 people in the African country of Rwanda at the weekend, pushing the death toll since January to more than 200.

The landslides in Rwanda’s Northern and Western province were caused by heavy rains.

Reuters quoted Mr. Philippe Habinshuti, director of response and recovery unit at the Ministry of Disaster Management and Refugee Affairs, as saying that the heavy rains on Sunday night killed 15 people in Western and Northern provinces. Three people died earlier on Sunday in Rubavu district, the ministry said.

“The four months have been far worse than last year and other years. This is terrifying,” Habinshuti told Reuters.

 On Monday, people dug through mud to searching for missing people in the western province, where three people were missing and six injured.

Sunday’s death toll adds to the 183 who have died since January.

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