At least 53 people have died in Rwanda since January as heavy rains pound the East African country, according to an emailed statement by the ministry of emergency management.
- The rains and hailstorms have destroyed 196 hectares of crops
- Damaged 858 houses
- Damaged 23 roads, 17 bridges, one health center
The Rwanda Meteorology Agency forecast heavy rains to continue through May.
Most of East Africa was hit by downpours at the end of last year after an unusually long dry spell. By mid-December, hundreds of people had been killed in the region as strong waters destroyed homes and rendered roads and bridges impassable.