Five Dead, 14 Injured in Rwanda Church Accident

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Francis Gahima, the Northern Province police spokesperson says the deceased include a seven year- old-child, three women and a man. He says that walls of the incomplete church caved in following a heavy down pour.

A church has collapsed in Burera in Northern Province in Rwanda killing five people and injured 14 others critically. The incident occurred on Sunday evening when about 25 choir members of Pentecostal church of Burera were holding their routine practice. Francis Gahima, the Northern Province police spokesperson says the deceased include a seven year- old-child, three women and a man.

He says the incomplete church caved in following a heavy down pour. The storm also blew off the roof of the church. He says worshipers in the church fled for their lives but the five victims didn’t make it. Gahima says the most injured victims are admitted at Butaro Hospital while three worshipers who escaped with minor injuries were taken to Kirambo health Center. 

Dr Tharcisse Mpunga, the director of Butaro Hospital says eight victims are under intensive care because they are still in critical condition. Burera Samual Sembagare, the Mayor Burera says 20 houses were destroyed and part of Ecole Secondaire School in Kirambo was also destroyed by the storm. He however explains that the ill fated church had not been officially opened because it was still under construction.

Burera is one of the mountainous districts of the Northern Province, which is prone to disasters such as landslides.

 

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