Rwandan authorities have evacuated nearly 6,000 people living in high-risk zones, local media reported on Thursday.

The relocation was a matter of urgency due to heavy rains that have battered the country in recent weeks, according to The New Times.

It added that some evacuees were temporarily lodged in public facilities like schools, others were given allowances equivalent to a month’s rent and some opted to seek shelter with friends and families.

”From September to December 8th 2019, 2,803 houses destroyed by rain-related disasters. Of these, 512 were in high-risk zones. From January to December 2019, disasters killed 110

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