As a result of the floods and landslides brought on by the severe rains that swept across Rwanda, at least 130 people have perished and hundreds are now homeless. The worst-affected region was the Western Province, where mud torrents destroyed homes and blocked roadways.
Tent-shrouded refugees are receiving emergency supplies that are being provided to the impacted areas. Every family who lost a relative in the catastrophe will get 100,000 Rwandan francs ($110) in compensation from the government.
Experts caution that Africa, which makes the least contribution to global warming, is suffering the most from the frequency and severity of extreme weather events that have grown owing to climate change. Ethiopia and Uganda have lately experienced such devastating weather conditions.