Rwanda floods, landslides kill at least 136 people

STORY: Flooding and landslides triggered by weeks of heavy rain in Rwanda have left more than a hundred people dead, according to authorities on Wednesday.

Emergency teams are still searching for survivors trapped in their homes.

Rubavu district resident Augustin Nsanzineza told Reuters he was lucky to have escaped his flooded house.

"My wife was standing near the window when the flood water came through. She fell down and as I tried to carry my child out of the house. I was pushed down, but luckily I got out and I am safe although some trees underneath did injure my legs."

Another survivor, Claire Uwineza, was in disbelief seeing what little was left of her home and possessions.

’’As you can see, I am left with nothing, no bed and no household. I came here for a job. I am safe but all my belongings are gone."

The governor of Rwanda's Western Province said the Sebeya river had burst its banks, adding that the soil was soaked with rainwater from days before.

President Paul Kagame said in a statement his government was helping those affected, including with temporary relocations.