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Kigali houses near wetlands destroyed after floods, mudslides

Residents complain they have not received the promised compensation. Kigali authorities say the hundreds of houses have been destroyed to save lives.

Rwanda's flag. Picture: pixabay.com

PRETORIA - Rwandan authorities are demolishing houses in the capital threatened by climate change.

Residents complain they have not received the promised compensation. Kigali authorities say the hundreds of houses have been destroyed to save lives.

At least 45 Rwandans have died from lighting strikes, landslides and other rain-related incidents in the past three months.

With more heavy rain expected in coming days, houses near wetlands in danger of being destroyed by mudslides or flooding are being demolished.

Rwanda, known as the Land of a Thousand Hills, is heavily reliant on agriculture and hydropower.

The United Nations said that the weather in Rwanda had become more and more unpredictable. This has left the country highly vulnerable to natural disasters.