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At least 18 killed as floods and landslides hit Rwanda

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At least 18 people have been killed this week in Rwanda after storms triggered floods and landslides in the country's west. Some people are still missing, government said May 8, 2018.

A spokesman for the Ministry of Disaster Management and Refugees said that 15 people were killed in a landslide that hit the Rwankuba sector of Karongi district late Sunday, May 6. Two drowned in floodwaters while 1 was struck by lightning, he said, adding that several more are missing. 

Several landslides have hit Karongi and nearby Rubavu, washing away homes and destroying farmland.

The ministry said that heavy rains and lightning strikes were frequent this year in Rwanda and are accounting for 183 deaths and 215 injuries.

Featured image: Landslide hits Rwanda on May 6, 2018. Credit: Rwanda Red Cross

 

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