Is it the End of the World? Land starts to move in Rwanda amid dumbstruck natives

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Entering 2020 was more or less like the opening of ‘Pandora’s box,’ as many concurrent surprises were in store for the earth. Rwanda is no exception. Storms, floods, earthquakes, wars, locust epidemic, and the COVID-19 pandemic greet the earth “Happy New 2020.” As if it is not enough, East Africa, like all other regions around the world, is sequentially facing challenges.

A video on social media has gone viral of a large portion of land moving. People are speaking Kinyarwanda in the video. They say in surprise that it is an indication of the end of the world. Others took to Twitter to joke about the video taken on March 13, 2020. Witnessed in the district of Nyamagabe, Uwinkingi Sector in the center of Rugogwe, the tragedy occurred on a Friday night. The degraded land was a buffer zone. It is a property reserved for the conservation of the ecosystem around the forest of Nyungwe.

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This is not the first or second or even the third time land moves in Rwanda. Years earlier, Rwanda suffered terrible rainfalls and storms, floods, and many natural disasters. These left the land vulnerable to landslides. This natural disaster has killed more than 30 people in the country recently. The same landslides have also displaced many houses and homes of people in Rwanda. Rwanda is a hilly country; though, this strange phenomenon happens on somewhat flat land. Landslides or mudslides usually happen on hills and sloppy plains, but this footage is clearly showing the land moving on a flat surface. Stranger still, the movement of this land was rapid to call it a landslide or a mudslide.

According to Jean De Dieu Tuyishime, Executive Secretary of Subukiniro Community, he attributed the landslide to the heavy downpour that occurred in the country

“The severe storms triggered this landslide, like many others around the world, and we have experienced a similar incident in our district. While the ground moved, people didn’t lose their lives because the site is a buffer zone,” he added.

The official says this is the first of such slides to occur in this region for the last two years as he assumes office is.

“The earth movement has damaged only two narrow roads that an agency uses to harvest and replant near to slope. We hope to complete clearing operations this Monday. This is natural, but it can be avoided.” Theodomir Barifashe, a professor at the University of Rwanda in Natural Resource Management, said that the finding is not surprising and is attributed to many reasons.

“Most of the time, because the soil becomes too heavy to carry the rain, the region becomes muddy, with no long-rooted trees. This implies the topsoil slides like a river,” he added.

He added: “It is best to plant trees with long roots on top of these slopes to establish protection, as these trees consume water in the soil. Considering the consequences of such slopes entail the loss of life, property, and degradation of assets, among others. The citizens of the country should put the suggestion in practice.”

An Environment Official stated: “The Ministry has become conscious of the tragedy, and technicians from the Rwanda Water Board and Rwanda Forests Authority will visit the affected area during this week to find out about the tragedy and suggest appropriate steps to deter these disasters from occurring again.”

Rwanda is positioned on the equator’s shifty tectonic plates. The geologists note there is clear submergence of the land. The researchers further explain it is not what many have termed it to be; ‘witchcraft.’ Since the nation is seated on the East African Rift Valley, there is always a possibility of earth tectonic plate movements or landslides.

 

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