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Uganda: Floods and Landslides - May 2020

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At least 500 families are displaced in Busia District (eastern Uganda) and in urgent need of shelter and food. In south-western Uganda, people living in Kasese district close to the rivers of Nyamwamba, Mubuku, and Nyamugasan are affected by floodwaters and forced to evacuate. Bundibugyo and Ntoroko Districts are also affected. Several houses, roads and bridges have been flooded and power outages have been reported. About 800 people are displaced. The Government deployed the Police and the Army to carry out rescue tasks. Provision of immediate food and NFI assistance remains a challenge due to the access constraints. The Ugandan Red Cross Society is currently conducting a needs assessment in the three affected Districts. For the next 24 hours, heavy rain is forecasted over western and south-eastern regions. (ECHO, 8 May 2020)

On 9 May, several landslides occurred in Kween District (central-east Uganda), after Sundet and Kere Rivers burst their banks, as a result of heavy rain. According to media, 3 people died and many others are injured. Several houses are destroyed, and over 200 families are in need of relief aid. The Uganda Red Cross Society and local authorities are carrying out damage and loss assessment of the landslides, wind destruction and the general floods that occurred in the Girigiri lower plains. In Kasese District (South-western Uganda), flash floods continue to affect the local population. Rivers Nyamwamba, Mubuku, Nyamughasana and Lhubiriha burst their banks again, flooding the communities and displacing over 100,000 people. In Kabale District (South-western Uganda), rain caused havoc, collapsing the main highway to Rwanda causing diversion of all traffic via Nyamitanga hills. The Office of the Prime Minister is providing in-kind food and NFI assistance; however further assistance is required. Moderate to heavy rain is forecast over most of South and East Uganda on 11-12 May. (ECHO, 11 May 2020)

At least eight people were feared dead yesterday after floods and mudslides hit parts of Kasese District on the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Traffic between Uganda and DRC was also cut off after the main bridge was submerged by River Thaku, which separates the two countries. River Thaku burst its banks at around 5am, forcing hundreds of residents to run for their lives. (Monitor, 22 May 2020)

NAKASONGOLA- Flash floods have submerged a section of the Lwampanga Health Centre IV in Nakasongola District , paralysing normal operations at the maternity unit. Currently, expectant mothers are unable to access antenatal services at the medical centre. The floods have displaced about 717 people in the district and many of them are camping at schools and churches. (Monitor, 6 July 2020)

On 6 July, flash floods were reported across Nakasongola District (Central Region), leaving at least 717 persons displaced. According to media, one health centre has been flooded, hindering medical services. Light to moderate rain is forecast over central and northern Uganda on 7-8 July.(ECHO, 7 Jul 2020)

Severe weather including heavy rainfall and lighting has been affecting parts of Uganda, resulting in fatalities and people displacement. According to Uganda Red Cross Society, 8 people died in Arua District (Northern Region, north-west Uganda) on 27 August after intense lightning event. In Bundibugyo District (Western Uganda Region), flash floods on 26 August damaged over 200 houses, leaving hundreds of residents affected. The rising water levels on Lake Albert and Lake Kyoga had displaced over 8,700 people across Northern Uganda, Central Region of Uganda, and Western Uganda Regions. (ECHO, 28 Aug 2020)

On 26 October, new flash flooding episodes were reported in Kasese District (South West), affecting areas of Isule and Kyabikuha village in Maliba sub-county. 2 people died and 7,179 people are (newly) displaced, out of them 2,743 are living in Internally Displaced Persons's (IDP) camps and 4,436 are staying with relatives. Kasese District was already affected by recent floods and landslides in May and August during present year and 1,252 people remain still displaced. In October, flooding incidents caused by the rise of water levels in Lakes Albert, Kyoga and Bisina were reported in Kagadi, Kaberamaido (Kalaki), Kumi, and Katakwi Districts. 78,719 people (12,332 household) have been affected, including 10,815 people newly displaced. So far in 2020, 64 districts have been affected by flooding and landslide episodes. Currently 87,000 people are displaced countrywide. (ECHO, 04 Nov 2020)