Description of the disaster
Beginning March 2018, heavy rainfall was experienced across many districts in the Western, Southern and Eastern regions of Rwanda, which resulted in flooding and landslides. On 3 March 2018, Rubavu District, located in the Western province of Rwanda, experienced heavy rains which resulted in flooding along Sebeya River and landslides in the steep areas. The affected areas were in four sectors, namely Nyundo, Nyakiliba, Rugerero and Kanama In Rubavu district, 5,000 households (25,000 people) from seven (7) cells in four (4) sectors were affected by the floods, of which 4,750 people from 950 households were directly affected.
These 950 HH were accommodated in the nearby communities after their homes were either destroyed or damaged by flowing waters and mud debris.
Following the disaster, an emergency needs assessment was carried out in the seven (7) flood affected cells in the four (4) sectors in Rubavu district, in collaboration with the local authorities and the Ministry of Disaster Management and Refugees (MIDIMAR).