Heavy pour kills four, 17 seriously wounded

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By Robert Mugabe
• Rain brings a lot of fear, as Nyundo petit seminary call for help

Rwanda-Western Area-At least four people are confirmed died and 17 others are surviving with serious injuries at different hospitals in the area after heavy rain that started Friday night causing havoc in the districts of Rubavu and Nyabihu

At Ruhavu hill, it was too late for the rescue team to save the lives of Icyimanishaka 10, Habimana 4 and Hategekimana 7 years when the flood hit apart of the house and mixed them with dirt. As died bodies are temporary laid at Gisenyi hospital mortuary

“We have lost three children in our sector, in the family of Pascal Ngaborinze and Shakila Nyirabasore also Ngabonziza is admitted in Gisenyi hospital because he was wounded too,” Christian Dukuze, Rubavu sector executive secretary said
“What i know is that, i went to bed raining at night and wakeup a live in the hospital.
I don’t know how the whole incident happened but am thinking what will happen to me next if the same flood comes again,” Wilson Niyibizi, 6 said
In Rugerero sector, flood hit the house of a young man only identified as Barabwiriza and he immediately died as the parents were rescued and rushed to the health centre serving with serious wounds

“This young man was on the side of the house which was hit by the flood, unfortunately when the rescue people came he was already died and now he was buried at Cyanika sementary,” Jean Sebikari Munyanganizi, the executive secretary of Rugerero sector
Residents continue to live in uncertainty as projections show that the downpour is yet to come as Nyunda petit seminary students who were affected by the pour say they are not comfortable at school

“I had students shouting in the middle of the night, then looking for my shoes were missing my bag was washed by the flood, we were asked to go to another house but also as you see it was also affected,” Fabrice Ineeza only 14 said

Western executive secretary, Paul Jabo told this paper that government is bringing in tents to evacuate residents who live at Rubavu hill

“I wish I talk to my dad, this situation might become more serious when rain comes again and it seems it’s out of the school’s control, please tell my dad to come for me,” Ineeza added

“Myself, i am worried what to do for these children when another pour comes to night, the situation will not be simple at all. We do what is possible for us but this seems that is going beyond our capacity,” Catholic Father Vincent Harorimana who heads the seminary said

Sebeya river water escapes caused hazard into Nyundo health centre when its usual boundaries poured into the centre living the patients with no option just to flee the hospital to other small rooms near by

“We got army intervention for this health centre you see, and also the seminary there students were stranded in and flood was taking a very thing here in St. Pie X dormitory,” Harorimana added

At the press time the meeting to decide Rubavu hill resident’s fate was on led by Christopher Bazivamo and governor Kabahizi at the district head quarters

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