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Rwanda is expected to receive above average rainfall in May.
In western Rwanda, at least 55 people have been killed by flooding caused by heavy rainfall.
“Flooding and landslides caused by heavy rains in the Western Province last night resulted in more than 55 deaths,” government spokesman Yolande Makolo told Al Jazeera on Wednesday.
A video clip posted to the Twitter account of the state-run Rwanda Broadcasting Agency showed muddy water along a road and destroyed homes.
Heavy rains and flooding have resulted in the loss of at least 55 lives in @RwandaWest.
— Rwanda Broadcasting Agency (RBA) (@rbarwanda) May 3, 2023
“It rained heavily all night, causing immense suffering in the districts of Ngororero, Rubavu, Nyabihu, Rutsiro and Karongi,” Francois Habitegeko, governor of the western province, told Reuters news agency.
“We have lost many lives and families. About 55 people have died, not to mention those injured and those trapped under their homes. We try to save as many people as possible.
“The ground was already soaked from the rain of the previous days, causing landslides that closed roads.”
Habitegeko said the rain started around 6pm (4pm GMT) on Tuesday and the Sebeya River overflowed its banks.
The Rwanda Meteorology Agency said the East African nation is expected to receive above-average rainfall in May.