Rwanda tests its emergency response to natural disasters
The Rwandan government has stepped up measures to reduce the effects of natural disasters in the country, Rwandan minister of emergency management Germaine Kamayirese said Wednesday.
The measures include relocation of residents living in high-risk zones across the country, Kamayirese said at a disaster management stakeholders’ forum hosted by the Rwanda Red Cross in Kigali, the capital city of Rwanda.
The government also adopted the use of early warning systems, she said, calling on the Rwanda Red Cross and other partners to invest more in disaster prevention.
At least 234 people were killed and 265 injured across Rwanda due to natural disasters triggered by torrential rains in 2018, a report by the Rwanda Red Cross showed.
Torrential rains also destroyed over 15,000 houses last year, leaving thousands of people homeless, said the report…
Climate change is causing floods all over the world. Here’s what you can do to help
Ten days after Cyclone Idai, hundreds of people have been reported dead, and over a hundred thousand people have been displaced in Mozambique, Zimbabwe, and Malawi. Simultaneously, catastrophic floods have covered the Midwest of the United States: floods in Nebraska have caused more than $1.5 billion in damage. And in South Dakota alone, tens of thousands of Oglala Lakota people on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation are fighting severe flooding that has resulted in a humanitarian disaster.
The situation in the US will not improve anytime soon. NOAA’s Spring Outlook predicts flooding in the US could continue for months. Forecasts are for more than a little bit of water: From now until May, parts of 14 states are at a greater than 50 percent risk of major flooding, which NOAA defines as waters that require evacuations and “extensive inundation” of buildings and roads. (Just last year, NOAA’s map had no regions with major flooding predictions. In 2017, only a tiny part of North Dakota was predicted to have major flooding.) Altogether, there are 200 million Americans at risk of flooding this spring…