Uganda: Heavy rains that started in the wee hours of May 7th 2020 have affected a number of communities, leaving hundreds of people affected in the districts of Kasese, Bundibugyo and Ntoroko.
Through their filed branches in those regions, the Uganda Red Cross society established the following facts:
In Kasese, river Nyamwamba and Mobuku both burst their banks and the heavy water overflow has affected areas of Kasese district that include; Base camp lower, Kitooro, Kirembe, Kizungu, Karusandara, Kizinga, Bugoye, Maliba among other major towns.
The Uganda Red Cross society branch that supports both Bundibugyo and Ntoroko districts have confirmed flooding in the following areas; Lamiya 1, Lamiya II, Lamiya central, Mulungitanwa II, Mulungitanwa III, Mulungitanwa I, Katoke, Kisenyi, Kitumba, Bundinjogya South, Kanangungu parishes, Busunga, Mulungitanwa and Lamiya.
In Ntoroko, Kanara site has been affected and the following worst hit; Rwangara A, Rwangara B, Rwangara Kisenyi, Kamuga A, Kamuga B, Katanga North, Katanga B, Kangonzeboha A and Kangonzeboha B.
Through their offices in those areas, the Uganda Red Cross Society have dispatched a team to conduct rapid assessment and establish magnitude of the disasters, number of people affected and the immediate needs of the people.
The Uganda Red Cross said that it remains committed to supporting people as per their emergency preparedness and response guidelines and within their resource capacity.
Early this year, guided by the Uganda Meteorological data, he Uganda Red Cross issued a climate change weather outlook for the months of March, April and May where rains above normal were predicted and communities prepared accordingly.