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26 Dec 2011 description



The Uganda humanitarian profile 2012 is the second version after a decision was made to end the Consolidated Appeals Process (CAP) in Uganda. It builds on the humanitarian profile for 2011 to provide an update on the humanitarian issues in the country. This is both a preparedness and resource mobilization tool which is updated every year to inform government and the humanitarian community on key humanitarian issues in the country.

04 Dec 2011 description
report New Vision

By Daniel Edyegu

Floods have destroyed over 2,000 acres of rice in Butaleja district and affected yields as well as causing losses to farmers.

At Doho rice scheme with a total of 2,500 acres of which 2,380 are presently under rice cultivation, the floods have destroyed more than 2,000 acres while over 2,500 acres of the total 3,000 acres belonging to rice out growers in the scheme have also been swept.

30 Nov 2011 description
report New Vision

By Gerald Tenywa in Durban, South Africa at the UN Climate Change Conference 2011

THE changing rainfall patterns are likely to disrupt the productivity of Uganda’s rain-fed agriculture, causing food insecurity and pushing millions of people deeper into poverty.

According to a report, titled, “Turning up the heat” released recently by Oxfam, erratic rainfall in the March to June was causing drought and a reduction in crop yields and plant varieties.

24 Nov 2011 description
report New Vision

By Petride Mudoola

The Government is seeking for over sh45b towards the rehabilitation of road infrastructure that have been damaged by heavy rains, Julius Onen the Assistant Commissioner in charge of district and community access roads in the Ministry of Works and Transport has said.

He explained that sh5b is required for mitigation of National roads, sh1.5b for maintenance of district, urban and rural roads and sh15b is required for intervention on national roads. Another sh19.18b is required for materials like culverts, gabions and bridges, he added.

21 Nov 2011 description
report Uganda Red Cross

Written by Catherine Ntabadde
Monday, 21 November 2011 12:46

The Uganda Red Cross Society (URCS) has dispatched relief items for 7, 215 people (1, 443 households) affected by floods in Serere, Amolator, Kumi and Apac districts.

The relief items include blankets, cooking pots, plates, soap, cups, tarpaulins, mosquito nets and jerrycans. Each household receives 2 blankets, 2 cooking pots, 5 plates, 3 bars of soap, 5 cups, 1 tarpaulin, 1 mosquito net and 1 jerrycan.

18 Nov 2011 description

By Catherine Ntabadde

In light of the latest report summary from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which warns that the world is likely to face more extreme weather events, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is calling on governments to be better prepared to manage the impacts of climate change.

The IPCC findings are consistent with IFRC reports gathered through its global network of national societies.

17 Nov 2011 description

KAMPALA, 17 November 2011 - Sporadic light rain fell this morning on the vastness of Uganda’s Lake Victoria as Alex Bakunda MP, chairman of the Ugandan Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee, chatted with local fisherman, Babalanda Yusuf, about the difficulty of making a living from fishing in Africa’s largest body of fresh water.

14 Nov 2011 description
report Uganda Red Cross

Written by Catherine Ntabadde

The skies opened their doors to let the rains out! After communities re-settling following the 2007 deadly floods, the heavy rains have re-surrected again displacing 2, 291 households in Teso and Bugisu sub regions, Eastern Uganda.

According to the Uganda Red Cross Society (URCS) Mbale Region Program Manager Stephen Wamukota, Serere district is the most hit. The other districts affected are Kumi, Kween and Bulambuli.

11 Nov 2011 description
report New Vision

By Felix Osujo

A total of 3000 families in Serere district have fled their homes after continuous torrential rains caused flooding of majority homes.

With pit latrines water-logged, people have now been compelled to defecate in water causing a horrible smell, and most of their grass-thatched houses, semi permanent homes have collapsed due to the increasing pressure of the water. Most of the gardens have been submerged and some of the highway maram roads are flooded.

10 Nov 2011 description
report New Vision

By Mark Owor

KAMPALA'S low-lying areas Friday afternoon turned into a big lake following a downpour that lasted for over two hours. This is the second time floods batter the capital in one week.

Slums and wetlands in Kampala and its suburbs were most affected, with water gushing into people's houses and denying some people access to the main roads.

This forced residents in the most affected areas of Bwaise, Kalerwe, Kireka, Katwe and Ndeeba to wade through the water to drier ground.

07 Nov 2011 description
report New Vision

By Daniel Edyegu

FLOODS have displaced families in six districts in eastern Uganda. The affected districts are Bulambuli, Kween, Tororo, Butaleja, Bukedea and Amuria.

In Bunambutye sub-county, Bulambuli, the floods have displaced 24 families and ravaged the Sironko-Bulambuli-Nakapiripirit-Moroto road, cutting off communication along the route to Karamoja sub-region.

Ismail Wanyama, 32, of Buwala village said the floods knocked down his mud-and-wattle house, forcing him to relocate with his family to a relative’s home.

03 Nov 2011 description
report Uganda Red Cross

Written by Catherine Ntabadde
Thursday, 03 November 2011

Due to heavy and continuous rains in Bulambuli, floods have affected 2 parishes in Bunambutye Sub County. The major trigger event was the over flooding and bursting of river Tabakonyi into the houses.

Some houses have collapsed completely with about 45 families displaced and are currently in the UPDF health centre in Bunambutye.

The worst hit parishes are Bumufuni and Bunanganda. About 883 households with a total population of 2,867 people are affected and are in need of humanitarian assistance.

27 Oct 2011 description
report Uganda Red Cross

Uganda Red Cross Society in partnership with International Federation Red Cross (IFRC) implemented the food security and livelihood project.

With funds secured from ECHO, the 18 months project is aimed at empowering community leaders and volunteers with skills to guide other community members through problem identification, risk mapping, action planning and stakeholder analysis for mitigating risk through participatory training in districts of Kaabong and Kotido sub-counties of Loyoro and Kacheri respectively in Karamoja.

06 Oct 2011 description
report Uganda Red Cross

Written by Catherine Ntabadde

Tullow Oil on October 5th, 2011 responded to the emergency relief call by Uganda Red Cross Society, by donating assorted food and non food relief items to aid the victims of the landslides and floods in Bulambuli, Mbale and Kween districts in Eastern Uganda.

06 Oct 2011 description
report New Vision

By Joseph Baguma

At least 32 families in Kimengo Sub County in the western district of Masindi have been displaced and crops destroyed by floods that hit the area on Tuesday.

The worst hit areas are; Miduma, Kayera and Kayebe villages.

A total of 30 hectares of cassava gardens under NAAD’s program in Miduma village were totally destroyed and another 10 hectares of sweet potatoes in the other two villages were also destroyed.

05 Oct 2011 description
report Uganda Red Cross

By Kevin Nabutuwa-Assistant Director Disaster Emergency Preparedness and Response

Continued heavy rainfall has resulted into continued flooding and mudslides across the country. In several districts key infrastructure is at risk of becoming impassible such as Gweri road between Soroti and Katakwi in Eastern Uganda which was flooded by the Awoja River, and the Ajeleik Bridge to Amuria which is completely cut off.

Awoja Bridge to Soroti was by Sunday-2nd Oct,2011 over flooded because Lake Bisina has burst its banks and soon it will be cut off if rains continue.

04 Oct 2011 description
report Uganda Red Cross

Disaster Management is one of the most important activities in relations to Uganda Red Cross Society work. This is mainly due to the fact that when disaster like mudslides, drought, famine or floods inter alia strikes, there is always loss of lives and property as well as displacement.

Similarly, URCS branches have embraced this tenet activity in a bid to help their respective communities. Iganda Branch in collaboration with the Salvation Army engaged in disaster response to communities affected.