At least 26 people died in a series of flooding and landslide events across northern Rwanda on Wednesday 6 April 2020. The majority of the deaths were caused by two landslides, one in Gakenke District, which caused several houses to collapse, killing eight people and injuring dozens more, and one in Nyabihu District which claimed another five lives. The incidents happened following about 48 hours of heavy rain in the area. Landslides are a common problem after severe weather events, as excess pore water pressure can overcome cohesion in soil and sediments, allowing them to flow like liquids. Elsewhere in Gakenke District four people are reported to have drowned when a river burst its banks. The flooding has also affected several other districts, with many hundreds of people made homeless across the country.
A house damaged by a landslide in Rwanda on Wednesday 6 May 2020. BBC.
Rwanda has a wet montane climate, with a long rainy season which lasts from mis-September to mid-May, with two peaks in rainfall in October-November and March to April.
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