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Rwanda: Storm and Heavy Winds Emergency Plan of Action (EPoA) DREF n°MDRRW014 Operation Update n°3

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A. Situation analysis

Description of the disaster

On 1st 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 last performed assessment in June, showed that households were impacted in the following way:

• 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)

Summary of current response

Emergency Plan of Action Operation Update

The Rwanda Red Cross Society (RRCS) has been mobilizing their staff and volunteers to provide immediate assistance from its contingency stocks to the population affected by heavy storms in Gatsibo district, Kiramuruzi Sector. A rapid emergency needs assessment was carried and a follow up assessment has been carried out in the last week of June 2017, in the Gatsibo district, Kiramuruzi Sector. The distribution of Non-Food items (NFIs, including shelter and hygiene related items affected population) has been completed.

Despite delays, latrine construction, health sensitization (PHAST) and mobile cinema training was conducted. In addition, the final procurements of iron sheets were done and distributed to the communities. Kitenge and mosquito nets have also been procured and distributed.

Overview of Red Cross/Red Crescent Movement in country

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is providing assistance through the Eastern Africa and Indian Ocean Islands cluster office as well as through the Africa regional office based in Nairobi, Kenya. Since the onset of the disaster, there has been regular contact with the IFRC EAIOI regional representation’s disaster management department; and regular updates on the situation and activities planned have been shared. A joint IFRC and RRCS monitoring visit has been performed in June 2017 and is scheduled to take place at the end of August. This will also allow to document lessons learnt of the operation.