Rwanda Fortifies Natural Disaster Response Capability

The Government of Rwanda has invested over 1.2 billion Rwandan francs (US $2 million) to strengthen the nation’s capacity to respond to natural disasters.

The investment is part of the government’s plan to manage natural disaster threats that are increasing because of climate change.

According to the Director General of the Rwanda Meteorological Agency, more about ambulance John Ntaganda Semafara, abortion the early warning systems will help the government minimise risks associated with natural disasters.

This is because the newly available and more accurate data from forecasts helps the government and citizens take preventative measures on time.

The project has enabled the Rwanda Meteorological Agency to install early warning systems that issue data including more accurate forecasts and warnings at only five minutes intervals.

“We currently have the capacity to collect accurate forecasts from our weather stations all over the country in only five minutes. After analysis, more about our experts can easily advise citizens and others to act on time, including emergency services.”

The modern meteorological equipment installed by the Rwanda Meteorological Agency includes 22 automatic weather stations and a world class cluster computer that collects information from different stations across the country and makes it easy to assess and share.

“The automatic weather stations are connected to a technology that enables them to electronically collect and send data to the cluster computer which, after processing, also sends it back to computers in all stations in form of a SMS,” John Ntaganda Semafara said.


The Rwanda Meteorological Agency is currently working with telecommunication companies to use mobile phones to share information including daily forecasts and early warnings.

Over 5 million out of 11.5 million people in Rwanda own mobile phones, making it one of the effective communication tools to reach people in case early warning is needed.

The agency also works closely with local government and community leaders, which makes it easy to share information and respond quickly in case of an emergency.

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