Uganda: Bududa Landslide DREF operation n° MDRUG028 final report

Summary: CHF 111,629 was allocated from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support the Uganda Red Cross Society (URCS) deliver immediate assistance to some 3,480 beneficiaries.

Sunday 24th June 2012, a landslide caused by heavy rains buried the villages of Namanga and Bunakasala in Bududa district. The landslide covered approximately 5 acres of land and left a devastating effect on the people and the environment in the area. 18 people were killed, 15 houses were completely buried in the mudslide, and crops and property were destroyed.

URCS quickly mobilized staff, volunteers and available resources. 70 trained volunteers were involved in providing first aid services and referrals, search and rescue, restoring family links (RFL) activities and psychosocial support. A total of 64 persons received first aid services with 14 persons referred to Bududa hospital for further treatment. 8 children were reunited with their parents, and 83 persons provided with psychosocial support, focusing on the children who had been separated, families who lost their loved ones, elderly, and injured persons.

URCS conducted a rapid situation and needs assessment which identified 856 households (4,501 persons) affected by the disaster and in need of assistance. 500 households were assisted with temporary shelter and 856 households (4,501 persons) were provided with basic household items which significantly contributed to reduce their vulnerability and exposure. The most vulnerable families with many children and female headed households were prioritized for assistance.

Furthermore, the URCS ensured access to safe water to 832 households (4,320 persons) through the distribution of aquatabs combined with awareness raising on water treatment and hygiene practices. URCS also conducted a hygiene and sanitation campaign which included cholera prevention and hygiene promotion, that reached 6,475 persons in the wider affected area.

The displaced families are still living in temporary shelter accommodation or being hosted by families, since they cannot move back due to the risks of further landslides in the area. URCS has been advocating the government to provide durable solutions to the displaced families. The government is currently finalizing its plans for relocation.

A balance of CHF 9,665 remained after the operation and will be returned to the DREF.

Belgian Red Cross /Belgian Government contributed to the DREF in replenishment of the allocation made for this operation. The major donors and partners of the DREF include the Red Cross Societies and governments of Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Monaco, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden and the USA, as well as DG ECHO, the UK Department for International Development (DFID) the Medtronic, Z Zurich and Coca Cola Foundations and other corporate and private donors. Details of DREF contributions can be found on: http://www.ifrc.org/docs/appeals/Active/MAA00010_2012.pdf

The IFRC, on behalf of Uganda Red Cross Society, would like to extend thanks to all partners for their generous contributions.