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27 Oct 2014 description
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By Aloysius Byamukama

SHEEMA - A 16-year old boy died instantly after a heavy downpour instigated mudslides in Sheema district.

The incident took place at around 5:45am Friday when the hanging rocks in the adjacent Kamuhembe Village in Masheruka sub county, Sheema district, rolled downhill and crashed into the house where Collins Tumworobere was sleeping.

Tumworobere, his five siblings and their mother Allen Tumukugize, were at the time, still sleeping.

26 Sep 2013 description
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A family in Kasese has been left childless after their three children were buried alive by a mudslide in Kabukero village, Mahango Sub County, Kasese district.

According to the Mahango LC 3 chairman, Stephen Muthekengwa, the tragic incident occurred at the home of one Mbaju Bisusi at about 7:30pm.

The bodies of the children had by Thursday evening been removed after residents dug deep into the rubble for hours.

10 Sep 2012 description
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By Joseph Wanzusi

People living in the landslide-prone areas of Bulambuli, Sironko, Bududa and Manafwa districts are worried as torrential rains continue to pound the hilly terrains in Bugisu sub-region.

According to Bumasobo parish chief in Bumasifwa sub-county in Sironko district, residents of Bumaguze, Bumasobo, Bumukune parts of Bufaka and Bunamanda have already experienced minor mudslides where crops have been destroyed.

04 Dec 2011 description
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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
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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
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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.

11 Nov 2011 description
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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
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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
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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.

06 Oct 2011 description
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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.

19 Sep 2011 description
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By Hope Mafaranga and Fred Ogwang

THOUSANDS of families face starvation after rains ravaged several gardens in Kabarole and Amolatar districts last week.

In Kabarole, over 1,500 farmers in Kibiito, Kabonera, Kisomoro, Kibiito and Rubona sub-counties were affected by hailstorms on Wednesday and Thursday.

George William Manyindo, an affected farmer, said he lost two acres of tomatoes and three acres of bananas.

03 Sep 2011 description
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By STEVEN CANDIA

EFFORTS by the Uganda Red Cross Society to distribute relief items to victims of the Bulambuli mudslide have stopped due to the hilly terrain and impassable roads.

The areas affected are Sisiyi and Buluganya sub-counties.

The Red Cross Society has been tasked by the Bulambuli district disaster management committee to manage relief distribution.

01 Sep 2011 description
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By Daniel Edyegu

RELIEF supplies have started trickling in for the survivors of the landslides in Sisiyi and Buluganya sub counties in Sironko district.

Stephen Womukhota, the Uganda Red Cross Society eastern regional disaster management officer said the Uganda Red Cross Society intends to immediately start distributing relief items to over 50000 affected people in the two sub counties.

17 Aug 2011 description
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By Raymond Baguma

THE northern region should expect more seasonal rains in August, according to forecasts from the Entebbe meteorology department.

The dry season will start in parts of the west, central, east and areas sorrounding Lake Victoria. Khalid Muwembe, a senior meteorologist, on Tuesday released a review of the June, July and August rainfall performance and outlook.

According to the forecast, Jinja, Kamuli, Iganga, Mayuge, Bugiri, Busia and Tororo will be dry in the second part of August, with normal rains in September.