Hundreds of families are without assistance in the northwestern province of Cibitoke after heavy rains damaged houses and crops. The administrator of the Mabayi commune in Cibitoke, Jean-Marie Vianney Hategekimana, said exact figures were not available, adding: “We are still assessing the damage and the needs of the population.” Early in October, residents of the communes of Bukinanyana and Murwi, also in Cibitoke, suffered heavy losses following torrential rains. Some 200 hundred houses were damaged in Murwi and more than 30 in neighboring Bukinanayana. (IRIN)

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