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Rwanda: Storm and Heavy Winds Emergency Plan of Action (EPoA) DREF MDRRW014 Operation Update n° 1

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A. Situation analysis

Description of the disaster

On 1 April 2017 at 3:00 pm, Gatsibo district located in the Eastern Province of Rwanda experienced heavy rainfall associated with heavy storms, which resulted in destruction of houses and community farm lands in Kiramuruzi Sector Nyabisindu Cell. The affected area is located 36 kilometers from Gatsibo District, 40 kilometers from the Eastern Province office and 70 kilometers from the City of Kigali.

The preliminary assessment gathered by Rwanda Red Cross staff and volunteers, estimated that 675 people (135 households) were affected by heavy wind and storms. Renewed assessments confirm that the amount of affected remains around 135 households. The main damages were related to the houses and the destruction of a variety of household materials, shelters and clothing. Furthermore, latrines and other sanitation infrastructure were also destroyed. Initially, the affected families were accommodated in the nearby communities after their homes were damaged. At the end of June 2017 an assessment was performed which showed that there were still four groups of affected:

  • Households with houses destroyed and living with host communities (N= 34 households)

  • Households living in their destroyed houses (with half a roof) (N= 57 households)

  • Households that have recovered their houses and are managing (N= 44 households)

  • Households that need roofing for latrines (N= 811 households).

The above figures are based on a field needs assessment performed by the Rwanda Red Cross Branch office at end of June.

There were some delays in the implementation of the mobile cinema activities. The DREF operation will therefore be extended for a period of one month to be able to complete these activities.