Heavy rains leave over 200 families homeless in eastern Rwanda
KIGALI, (Xinhua) -- Heavy downpour that hit Ngoma district in eastern Rwanda on Monday has left 221 families homeless, Rwanda's Ministry of Disaster Management and Refugees Affairs said late Wednesday.
The ministry said in a statement that victims had sought temporary shelter at their neighbors' homes, adding that government officials had visited the affected areas to provide urgent basic relief aid.
Victims not living with their neighbors have been sheltered temporarily elsewhere in the district with the help of local leaders, it said.
Since August, heavy rains have destroyed nearly 400 houses and 76 hectares of crops in different parts of the east African country, according to the ministry.