CORDAID project

Role of Resilience Committees in the village of Rusiga

The period from April to June 2020 is a very eventful period in terms of events. Mr. MUHITIRA Thaddée, Area Manager of Rusiga Hill testifies to the role of the Resilience Committees during the events. The night of 06 – May – 2020 will have been hard for the community of Rusiga where a torrential rain caused the destruction of 249 houses on the whole hill, 46 of which were flooded on the 9th transverse (under – hill).

The Resilience Committees on this hill played a key role in coming to the aid of the population through (i) alerting households to leave their houses, (ii) providing temporary shelter (before the administrative decision to confine the affected people to a displacement site) to people whose houses had been destroyed, (iii) providing first aid in food and clothing before the first aid that could come from the communal or provincial administration through the platform or other donors.

Households in the flooded area have been relocated to the Technical High School of Cibitoke. The other households preferred to stay in the host households to be close to their fields and try to bounce back by rehabilitating their shelters. However, those in the flooded area found their food stocks and personal belongings destroyed and no longer had access to drinking water. Furniture, utensils, clothing and work tools as well as seed stocks were lost. In order of urgency, the needs of the disaster victims are: access to food, shelter and drinking water. Questioned, the head of Rusiga hill, Mr. MUHITIRA Thaddée, testifies that 82% of the households continue their usual activity 15 days after the disaster. This shows a relatively strong resilience capacity.

Leftovers of houses and crops in the flooded area of Rusiga Hill on the 9th Transversal

Displaced households from the flooded area housed at the Technical High School of Cibitoke

 

 

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