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20 Sep 2013 description
report Uganda Red Cross

Written by Willie Brens Wambedde

It was time for joy, jubilation and gratitude during the commissioning of a water project at Panyandoli Hills Primary School in Panyandoli Sub county, Kiryandongo district for the 2010 Bududa landslide victims.
The 6 months water project that saw the construction of 10 boreholes was funded by the proceeds of the November 2012 Kampala Marathon organized by MTN a telecommunication company in partnership with Uganda Red Cross Society. (URCS).

05 Jul 2012 description
report Inter Press Service

By Wambi Michael

BUDUDA, Uganda, Jul 4 2012 (IPS) - The Ugandan government says it will forcibly remove people settling on the steep slopes of Mount Elgon in eastern Uganda’s Bududa District, as the growing population has resulted in increased landslides in recent years.

In the latest one on Jun. 25, an estimated 100 people are feared dead and up to 250 have been unaccounted for when three villages were washed away after heavy rainfall in the area.

Over the last three years, landslides have buried alive several hundred people living on the slopes of Mount Elgon.

01 Mar 2011 description
report Uganda Red Cross

Written by Hasifa Kabejja

Tuesday, 01 March 2011 06:31

Mbale Branch with support from Danish Red Cross will implement a disaster risk reduction project that will mainly focus on tree planting in Nakaloke, Bubyangu, Lwasso and Busano parishes.

A total of 2,781 households in the above mentioned parishes will receive 20,153 mango, ovocado and grevellia tree seedlings that will be distributed in the next rain season that is expected this month.

"Each household will get about 7 seedlings, including 2 mango seedlings, 2 avocado seedlings and 3 Grenville seedlings.

11 Feb 2011 description

The Japanese government has committed a total of US$37.9 million in funding for 2011 to support IOM humanitarian services for migrants, migrant producing regions, host communities, returnees and internally displaced people.

The funded projects, in Afghanistan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Rwanda, Somalia, Sudan, Tajikistan and Tanzania, will also provide technical support to increase government capacity to manage increasingly complex migration flows as well as coping with displacement due to natural disasters.

In Sudan, funds will be used to assist communities in the Southern …

02 Feb 2011 description


- New localized floods have been experienced in Angola, Botswana, Mozambique, Lesotho and Madagascar;

- Strong downpours flooded northwestern Madagascar, while heavy rains in the drought affected south may have damaged crops; and

- Discharge from the Cahora Bassa will increase on 4 February from 4200 to 6400m3/s, which could lead to flooding downstream.

- River levels at Katima Mulilo in Namibia's Caprivi Strip are more than twice the level for this year.

- A map of the impacts is included.

02 Feb 2011 description

Leading environmental activists lauded today the Rwandan Government's plan to restore all of the steadily recovering Central African nation's lost forest lands and boost national development as a far-sighted move that should be replicated by other Governments.

"This really is a good news story," said Stewart Maginnis, Director of Environment and Development of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), during a Headquarters press conference held in connection with the ninth session of the United Nations Forum on Forests, under way until 4 February.

26 Jan 2011 description
report IRIN

JOHANNESBOURG, 26 janvier 2011 (IRIN) - En 2010, cinq des catastrophes les plus désastreuses, en termes de morts, de biens matériels et d'infrastructures, ont eu lieu en Asie. Investir dans la planification en prévision des catastrophes pourrait grandement contribuer à limiter le nombre de victimes, ont dit les experts.

« Les catastrophes en Asie sont principalement dues aux inondations et dans une moindre mesure, aux tempêtes.

25 Jan 2011 description
report IRIN

JOHANNESBURG, 25 January 2011 (IRIN) - In 2010, five of the most devastating disasters, measured in loss of lives, goods and infrastructure, occurred in Asia. Investing in disaster planning could go a long way to keeping the number of casualties down, experts said.

"Disasters in Asia are largely due to floods and, in the second instance, storms.

04 Jan 2011 description



Based on consultations with the Government of Uganda, the United Nations, the non-governmental community and donor representatives, the Humanitarian Country Team (HCT) decided in August 2010 that the humanitarian situation in Uganda would no longer warrant a Consolidated Appeals Process (CAP) in 2011. Instead, it was agreed that an Inter-Agency Working Group, with participation of the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM), should develop a humanitarian profile for Uganda as a tool to guide decision on humanitarian action in 2011.

30 Dec 2010 description
report IRIN

HARARE/JOHANNESBURG, 30 December 2010 (IRIN) - The Zambezi River Authority (ZRA) staffed jointly by officials from Zambia and Zimbabwe, says one of the two major dams on the river between the two countries will open its flood gates in early 2011, meaning that communities may have to be relocated.

"ZRA has issued the alert, but they have not yet informed us of the dates on when they will open the gates," said Patrick Kangwa, head of operations at Zambia's Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit.

The ZRA manages Kariba Dam situated between northwestern Zimbabwe and …

14 Dec 2010 description


Malaria prevention and control are major foreign assistance objectives of the U.S. Government (USG). In May 2009, President Barack Obama announced the Global Health Initiative (GHI), a six-year, comprehensive effort to reduce the burden of disease and promote healthy communities and families around the world.

14 Dec 2010 description


Malaria prevention and control are major foreign assistance objectives of the U.S. Government (USG). In May 2009, President Barack Obama announced the Global Health Initiative (GHI), a six-year, comprehensive effort to reduce the burden of disease and promote healthy communities and families around the world.

14 Dec 2010 description

Malaria prevention and control is a major foreign assistance objective of the U.S. Government (USG). In May 2009, President Barack Obama announced the Global Health Initiative (GHI), a six-year, comprehensive effort to reduce the burden of disease and promote healthy communities and families around the world. Through the GHI, the United States will invest $63 billion over six years to help partner countries improve health outcomes, with a particular focus on improving the health of women, newborns, and children.

13 Dec 2010 description
report AlertNet

KITSI, Uganda (AlertNet) - On the slopes of Mount Elgon in eastern Uganda, residents are fighting back against the effects of climate change, trying to avert a repeat of landslides that washed away three villages and displaced thousands earlier this year.

Many are planting trees and reintroducing crops to prevent soil erosion, and coming up with innovative ways to store water, cook and refrigerate vegetables that preserve natural resources and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The measures are essential in an area where a combination of poor land use and the effects of climate …

02 Dec 2010 description
  1. Background

    The three refugee camps in Dadaab namely, Ifo, Hagadera and Dagahaley, continue to receive a significant number of new arrivals. As of 26 November 2010, the overall population in the Dadaab camps stood at 294,338 persons.

30 Nov 2010 description

Current situation

The development of infrastructures for the delivery of services by the agencies and demarcation of blocks/plots for settlement of refugees is rapidly progressing in Ifo II. Despite the heavy rains that hindered easy access for trucks that are delivering construction materials to all construction sites, most of the infrastructures that are funded under 2010 budget are expected to be completed by end of December 2010.

22 Nov 2010 description

The International Federation's Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) is a source of unearmarked money created by the Federation in 1985 to ensure that immediate financial support is available for Red Cross Red Crescent response to emergencies. The DREF is a vital part of the International Federation's disaster response system and increases the ability of National Societies to respond to disasters.

22 Nov 2010 description
report IRIN

KAMPALA, 22 November 2010 (IRIN) - Thousands of people in eastern Uganda's Bududa district are still at risk of deadly mudslides because money for their promised relocation has not been raised, officials said.

After blocks of rocky mud tumbled down the slopes near Mt Elgon in March 2010, killing some 300 people, government officials urged the survivors to move.

"Many areas are cracked," said Musa Ecweru, State Minister for Disaster Preparedness, referring to the precarious terrain.

22 Nov 2010 description


Climate change represents the medium and long-term changes in average weather patterns. It is the result of both external forces and human activity. The major external forces that influence climate change include such processes as variations in solar radiation, deviations in the earth's orbit, and variations in the level of Green House Gas (GHG) concentrations, which lead to changes in the global mean temperature and the amount of precipitation.