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15 Nov 2013 description
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Barely a week after Pawel Ayiga Primary School in Patiko Sub County Gulu district was re-opened, the school has again been closed due to floods.

Andrew Lamola Odong, the Head Teacher of the school said the school was first closed on October 28, 2013 following a directive from the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) after floods rendered the school unhygienic for pupils and teachers.

Lamola said the school was re-opened on Monday and when it rained heavily, its latrines were affected by the floods causing wastes to flow on the school compound.

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.

28 Aug 2013 description
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By Boniface Odongo

Heavy rains in Lango Sub region have caused floods submerging bridges, washed away culverts and destroyed roads.

In Otuke and Alebtong districts, Apak Bridge that connects the two districts has been washed away.

In Kole district, most roads connecting different sub counties to the district headquarters are flooded and cut off.

Kole district LC5 chairman Peter Ocen said a number of people have been affected by the impassible roads.

26 Aug 2013 description
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By Daniel Edyegu

AS the Uganda Red Cross Society (URCS) concluded the distribution of relief food to victims of the recent hailstorm in Bushiyi and Bumayoka subcounties in Bududa district last week, it became apparent that over 2,000 people in the affected areas were staring starvation is in the face.

Most recipients of the relief food, despite being grateful, seemed more worried. Boniface Birabi, a resident of Namirumbo village in Bushiyi, said given his extended family, he does not expect the food he received to last long.

14 Aug 2013 description
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By Francis Kagolo

Health experts have asked Parliament to expedite passing of the law to criminalise non-response to immunisation following reports of a looming Polio outbreak in the country.

The experts from central and southern Africa also asked Uganda to work with other states in the region to require polio vaccination for travelers in order to stop the spread of the disease across borders.

11 Aug 2013 description
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By Joseph Wanzusi and Paul Watala

A four-year-old child has been confirmed dead after a hailstorm Saturday ravaged several villages causing multiple mudslides and floods in Bushiyi sub-county in Bududa district.

At least 17 other injured persons have been admitted to Bududa Hospital.

Bududa LC5 chairman John Baptist Nambeshe identified the child as John Mangoye, the son of Stephen Waninga a resident of Matuwa parish. The child’s body was found buried under a heap of hailstones.

08 Aug 2013 description
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By Tony Langalanga and Jackon Kitara

Over 6000 people have been left homeless in the northern district of Amuru after Unyama stream burst its bank.

Atiak LC3 Chairman, John Bosco, said Elegu was the most affected village. The floods were caused by a heavy down pour that hit the area on Wednesday affecting several families.

The stream, which connects to River Nile is located seven kilometers away from Elegu border post along Atiak-Numule-Juba road.

28 Jul 2013 description
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By Pascal Kwesiga

Over 530,000 people in 60 districts are at a risk of starvation. The most affected area is Karamoja, where at least 50 people have already died, according to a statement released by Hilary Onek, the disaster preparedness minister.

Onek said the situation is likely to get worse until the next harvest in late November and December. He added that the country is facing acute shortage of food caused by abnormal rainfall patterns in most parts of the country this year.

25 Jul 2013 description
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By John Odyek

Government has dispatched 1200 metric tonnes of relief food including beans and posho to feed the people of Karamoja to cope with the hunger season.

Barbara Oundo Nekesa, state minister for Karamoja affairs Thursday told the Parliamentary committee on presidential affairs that Karamoja has been hit by harsh climatic conditions.

She added that the World Food Programme has also supplied Karamoja with over 4000 metric tonnes of relief items.

18 Jun 2013 description
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By Geoffrey Mutegeki

Kyenjojo and Kabarole districts in western Uganda have also borne the blunt of the drought that has affected most parts of the country.

“I planted maize and beans early last month expecting rainfall, but we were hit by the dry spell. All the crops are stunted and drying up. I am planning to dig them up because I don’t expect any harvest,” said John Kamara, a farmer in Kyenjojo district.

Over the last two days, somel parts of Kyenjonjo received rain, but most farmers said the rain had no impact.

31 May 2013 description
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By Benon Tugumisirize

Churches in Uganda under the umbrella of Uganda Joint Christian Council (UJCC) and Act-Alliance have donated items worth US$60,000 (about sh160m) to victims of the recent Kasese floods.

The relief items were mostly household stuff – 1200 saucepan sets, 1000 jerrycans, 1500 boxes of soap, 1000 blankets, 1000 mosquito nets, together with 100 sleeping kits.

In addition to this were 60 cooking stoves, 20 boxes of water purifier, and much more.

23 May 2013 description
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The Uganda Red Cross Society has said Kasese flood victims need up to 11 million litres of safe water if disease is to be avoided, amid fears of a cholera outbreak.

Heavy rains that resulted into floods at the beginning of this month destroyed all toilet facilities and this has since affected water sources.

Dr. Bildard Baguma, the under secretary general, Uganda Red Cross Society said any donation was welcome and called upon people and organisations of good will to continue donating.

10 May 2013 description
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By John B. Thawite

Floods that have been ravaging various parts of Kasese district are subsiding, according to Uganda Red Cross.

“The floods have slightly gone down but the effects remain enormous across the district,” the Uganda Red Cross Kasese branch manager, Everest Habai, said.

Habai said the floods had displaced thousands of people after almost 1,000 homesteads were destroyed.

The displaced are now living in four camps where sanitation facilities are in a deplorable state.

09 May 2013 description
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By John Nzinjah and John Thawite

Property worth $3m (about Shs8b) has so far been destroyed in Kasese district following the onset floods in the area on May 1st.

The minister of defense, Dr Crispus Kiyonga, said although the damage is so big, it is still smaller than what occurred in Bududa about two years ago. Kiyonga made the remarks briefing the press on Tuesday at Kasese Social Services Hall about the management of the disaster.

08 May 2013 description
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By John Nzinjah

Bridges across the rivers in various parts of Kasese have collapsed cutting off 19 sub-counties and the district headquarters at Rukoki.

This follows the heavy river floods that have hit the district since May 1st this year in which eight people have died, property worth billions of shillings destroyed and causing displacement of hundreds of families in the district.

06 May 2013 description
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By Francis Emorut

Government has deployed regional risk disaster officers in all disaster prone areas in the country to handle victims of floods that have ravaged the country, the state minister of refugees and disaster preparedness, Musa Ecweru has said.

"We are getting bad floods, landslides, storms and frequent lightning bolts therefore, need to have disasters officers in these areas in case disaster strikes," Ecweru told World Bank representatives, disaster specialists, MPs resident district commissioners and disaster management officers.

03 May 2013 description
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By Joyce Namutebi, 2 May 2013

The Japanese government is providing US$21.2m (about Sh55.3b) to four UN agencies to support refugee programmes in south-western Uganda plus climate related, health, nutrition, water and sanitation challenges in Karamoja.

The announcement was made by the Japanese Ambassador to Uganda, Kazuo Minagawa at a press conference at the Uganda media Centre in Kampala.

"The four UN agencies are providing essential goods and services for the refugees and vulnerable people in Uganda.

02 May 2013 description
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Disaster Preparedness minister Musa Ecweru with a team from Office of Prime Minister, Uganda Red Cross and district authorities have rushed to Kasese district where torrential rains ravaged villages, killing five people and making scores homeless.

According to Uganda Red Cross, relief trucks from Red Cross and OPM arrived in Kasese Thursday night. The items are targeting 400 families who were mostly affected.

They include: tarpaulins, sauce pans, blankets, mosquito nets, plates, cups, washing soap, jerrycans and water purification tablets.

02 May 2013 description
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By John Thawite

At least four people are missing and feared dead in Kasese district after River Nyamwamba burst its banks, submerging several homes.

The floods have cut off the Kasese-Fort Portal Road, leaving many vehicles underwater and hundreds of people stranded.

Two of the victims drowned at Nyakasanga trading centre as they tried to wade through the flooded road while two others in Kilembe could not be traced.

By Wednesday afternoon a frantic search for the victims had been mounted by residents and local authorities.

11 Apr 2013 description
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Several bridges and culverts have been swept away by the current torrential rains in Tororo district, cutting off links between some sub-counties and Tororo town.

The worst hit sub-counties are Magola and Iyolwa after culverts along the route from Iyolwa junction trading centre to Iyolwa sub-county headquarters were washed away on Monday.

The Uganda National Roads Authority Tororo station engineer Chris Opuch in a statement said the road has temporally been closed to allow emergency repairs.