Disaster in Kalehe      

Amani and members of his club have been overwhelmed with the horrors of a very recent disaster in the southern part of his region, a territory called Kalehe some 70 km north of Bukavu. He reports the members of his club are responding as well as they can to the recent flooding disaster in their midst but he says, "It is so huge! Schools, health centers, homes, farms, bridges. everything has been wiped out".Honorary member, Amani Matabaro lives in the eastern region of the Democratic Republic of Congo. He is President Elect of the Bukavu Mwangaza Rotary Club.


  • More than 700 houses entirely damaged and buried underground.
  • Over 150 people found dead and so many still missing . 
  • Several elementary and Secondary schools and churches completely wiped out.
  • Markets carried away off towards Lake Kivu.


People mostly need such things as blankets, clothes, tents and farming tools.  According to Amani, the entire fabric of the community has been destroyed.

Amani and members of his club visited the area taking bundles of items of the kind mentioned above.  However, he feels they were ‘a drop in the ocean’, their needs are so great.



The news item below appeared on the internet:

The disaster struck in Kalehe Territory in South Kivu province after 3 days of heavy rain. The village of Bushushu is said to be the worst hit. Local media say that other villages in the area, including Rambira, Nyambasha and Nyamukubi have also been badly affected.”Over 150 people have been killed by recent flooding and landslides in the Democratic Republic of Congo with many more thought to be still missing.

With so many still missing, there are fears that the floods and landslides may have killed over 100 people. Bodies are buried under landslide rubble or have been swept away on flood torrents, possibly as far as Lake Kivu, where local fishermen are assisting with the search. Hundreds of homes and other buildings, as well as bridges and roads in and around the village have been damaged or destroyed by flood or landslides.

Search and rescue operations are being carried out but are hampered by difficult conditions. Representatives from the UN and Red Cross are working in the area.”

Please feel free to contact us.  Any suggestions to help us assist these people will be welcome.  

Yours in Rotary,

Amani Matabaro Tom
Incoming President /Bukavu Mwangaza Rotary Club--Eastern DRC
Colette Salima
Current President /Bukavu Mwangaza Rotary Club--Eastern DRC
Pole Pole Tshomba
Active Member & Actions Lead /Bukavu Mwangaza Rotary Club-Eastern DRC


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