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18 Oct 2018 description

12,000 people have been affected by flooding and landslides in Bukalasi and Buwali sub-counties in Bududa district since 11 October. The Bududa landslide disaster followed three days of consistent and heavy rainfall in the areas around Mount Elgon National Park in Bukalasi. 858 people have been displaced (The Tower Post 14/10/2018). 51 deaths have been reported (Howwe 14/10/2018).
Reported humanitarian needs are shelter, food, healthcare and NFIs (ActAlliance 15/10/2019).

Anticipated scope and scale

18 Oct 2018 description
report Salesian Missions

(MissionNewswire) Uganda hosts close to 1.3 million refugees, the majority coming from South Sudan which is 45km from the border. Salesian missionaries are providing pastoral, social development and educational initiatives to refugees living in the Palabek Refugee Settlement in northern Uganda.

The Palabek Refugee Settlement is currently home to 42,000 people with an average of 300 new refugees from South Sudan arriving each week. It was officially set up in April 2016 to reduce congestion in larger refugee camps in the northwestern corner of Uganda.

18 Oct 2018 description

Thus far, 2018 has been historic in many ways. Eritrea and Ethiopia signed a landmark declaration of peace and friendship on 9 July, casting aside decades of hostility in a matter of weeks. The announcement of the end to the state of war was met by widespread jubilation in both countries, and was matched by concrete acts of rapprochement, which included reopening telephone and air links as well as the Eritrean embassy in Ethiopia.

18 Oct 2018 description

KAMPALA – Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today entered a partnership to tackle food insecurity and rising levels of malnutrition in Kampala district.

KCCA’s Executive Director, Jennifer Musisi and WFP’s Country Director, El Khidir Daloum, signed the partnership agreement at the City Hall, announcing that the two parties were already undertaking a comprehensive survey through the Makerere University School of Public Health, to investigate the nature and magnitude of the two challenges.

18 Oct 2018 description
report New Vision

By Taddeo Bwambale

Health officials have stepped up surveillance against the deadly disease which has claimed over 100 people in neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

A health surveillance team has been deployed at Uganda’s border points with Congo since the outbreak started about two months ago. Uganda has had no Ebola outbreak since 2012.

Dr Henry Mwebesa, the director general of health services said the health taskforce had so far screened 220 suspected cases of Ebola but none has tested positive for Ebola.

18 Oct 2018 description
report Insecurity Insight

This monthly digest comprises threats and incidents of violence affecting protection of IDPs and refugees. It is prepared by Insecurity Insight from information available in open sources.

Security Incidents and Access Constraints

Africa

Central African Republic

18 Oct 2018 description
report Monitor-Uganda

By Fred Wambede and Phoebe Masongole

MBALE- A section of Members of Parliament in Bugisu Sub-region want landslide victims in Bududa District to be relocated and resettled only in the approved locations in the district.

Led by Mr John Baptist Nambeshe, (Manjiya County), the politicians say the decision by government to resettle victims in Bunamputye Sub-county in Bulambuli District should be shelved because the move would cause more deaths in future since the area swampy and prone to flooding.

18 Oct 2018 description
report Uganda Red Cross

Uganda Red Cross with support from the Belgian Red Cross have been among the first to take relief aid to the families affected in the Thursday landslides in Suume Parish, Bukalasi Sub County-Bududa district. Following last week’s heavy down pours in the area, River Suume burst its banks forcing large volumes of water, and rolling boulders down the slopes. These destroyed and washed over 139 households and 43 lives have been lost.

18 Oct 2018 description

The African Development Bank recently convened a meeting of experts and stakeholders in the agricultural sector to design integrated pest and disease management mechanisms for controlling the spread of the Fall Army Worm in East Africa.

The Fall Army Worm or Spodoptera frugiperda is an invasive insect threatening food supplies and incomes of millions of African smallholder farmers. The multi-stakeholder, regional action plans to stop the menace of the worm in Africa falls under the Bank’s Technologies for African Agriculture Transformation (TAAT) agenda.

17 Oct 2018 description

Kinshasa/Nairobi/Geneva, 17 October 2018 – Conflict and insecurity are hampering Ebola responders’ work, raising fear that the outbreak may reach a tipping point that sees the virus to spread to more provinces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DR Congo) and neighbouring countries, warns the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.

In response to this, as well as a recent upsurge of Ebola cases in DR Congo, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is scaling-up community-level preparedness in four countries.

17 Oct 2018 description
  1. On Thursday 11th October 2018 at about 2.30 pm a landslide combined with floods washed away many people in Bukalasi trading center Bududa District. 43 bodies have been recovered. 21 were injured and admitted in Bukalasi Health Center III. 144 houses were washed away, 13 villages were affected, 858 people displaced and 12,000 people are affected.
17 Oct 2018 description
report Insecurity Insight

Africa

Cameroon

13 August 2018: In Ngo-Ketunjia division, Northwest province, an arson attack of unknown origin completely destroyed the administrative building of the Government Bilingual High School Ndop. Source: Cameroon-Info

Ivory Coast

27 August 2018: In Sikensi town, Lagunes district, a group of men armed with Kalashnikovs and dressed in military fatigues attacked and looted a school before tying up and beating a member of staff.
Source: ACLED

Niger

17 Oct 2018 description

Introduction

The recent influx of South Sudanese refugees into Uganda has reignited debate about the country’s refugee policy and, with it, discussions on the extent to which the “Ugandan model” can be implemented in other countries in Africa and around the world. Given the growing numbers of refugees globally, and the momentum surrounding the global compact on refugees and the Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework (CRRF), these are vital discussions.

16 Oct 2018 description

Transcript

For Immediate Release
Tuesday, October 16, 2018 Office of Press Relations
Telephone: +1.202.712.4320 | Email: press@usaid.gov

Washington, D.C.
October 15, 2018

16 Oct 2018 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

-The Uganda Ministry of Health and partners have intensified preparedness and response interventions following a confirmed case of Ebola Virus Disease in Tchomia health zone, near Lake Albert where the Democratic Republic of the Congo borders with Uganda.

  • Over 2,200 reports and questions on Ebola were received via SMS from U-Reporters. Most U-Reporters confirmed that they had heard about Ebola through radio, television, community awareness campaigns and posters.