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21 May 2018 description
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The floods have left household property worth millions of shillings destroyed and crops in gardens at harvesting stage submerged, hence looming famine

BULAMBULI- Floods have ravaged five sub-counties in Bulambuli district, leaving over 680 households and pit latrines submerged by water hence forcing families to resort to open defecation. Residents fear a cholera outbreak.

Several families have fled their homes and taken shelter in the nearby schools, churches and trading centres.

24 Aug 2017 description
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One person has been presumed dead after his vehicle was washed away by the ravaging floods in Elegu

AMURU - One person is feared dead and more than 2,000 people around Elegu border market in Amuru district are believed to now be homeless after Unyama stream burst its bank, giving way to fierce, destructive floods.

The area experienced a downpour that started Monday night and did not let up until Tuesday late-morning.

26 Oct 2015 description
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By Joyce Namutebi

THE ministry of health has announced mitigation measures to curb disease outbreaks that El- nino rains are likely to cause in various parts of the country.

In line with a Disease Outbreak Preparedness Plan developed by the ministry, working with the Office of the Prime Minister, the ministry has appealed to districts to increase disease surveillance due to expected upsurges of epidemics related to rainy season, a statement issued by the Permanent Secretary, Dr. Asuman Lukwago said.

23 Sep 2014 description
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By Moses Walubiri

GOVERNMENT will this week start resettling 1150 families in areas at high risk of landslides and floods from the Mount Elgon region as part of its efforts to find a permanent solution to a spate of disastrous landslides in the area.

In total, according to acting commissioner for disaster preparedness in the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM), Rose Nakabugo, government plans to resettle 5000 families in the safe, lower lying areas within Bugisu.

23 Jun 2014 description
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By Wilson Asiimwe

Several people including patients at Kilembe mines hospital on Friday fled from Bulembia division in Kasese municipality when River Nyamwamba flooded again and destroyed several properties.

The road leading to Bulembia primary school which was washed away by floods the last month and has been under construction was damaged again Friday morning.

The projects manager for Tibet Hima mining company, Alex Kwatampora, said that most of the infrastructure that was damaged recently had not yet been fixed.

26 May 2014 description
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By John B. Thawite

KASESE - Over 2,000 primary school pupils were on Friday evacuated from their classes as advancing flood waters from the ruthless River Nyamwamba threatened to sweep them away.

The pupils, from Kyanzuki, Bulembia, Katiri and Road Barrier primary schools, were forced to go back home as the water volumes in the river rose and advanced towards the schools.

Bulembia, no longer operating in its former structures which are precariously hanging by the banks of River Nyamwamba, was forced to occupy adjacent structures owned by Kilembe Mines Ltd.

11 May 2014 description
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By John Thawite

KASESE - Efforts are underway to tame River Nyamwamba which burst its bank due to flooding last week, leaving a trail of destruction in its wake.

At the request of the district leadership, Hima Cement Factory released its PC400 excavator to start re-channeling the river, starting upstream at Bulembia Primary School.

09 May 2014 description
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By John Thawite and Taddeo Bwambale

TWO new-born babies and a 77 year-old woman died on Thursday in a stampede at Kilembe Mines Hospital, as patients fled the hospital to escape approaching floods.

Two other unidentified people's bodies were seen floating down River Nyamwamba by eyewitnesses, although authorities had not identified them by press time.

The floods that hit the area at around 9.30 am on Thursday, cut off the Katiri -Kyanzuki road, which leads to the main Kilembe Mines offices and Kyanzuki.

08 May 2014 description
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By Taddeo Bwambale & John Thawite

Three rivers Nyamwamba, Nyamugasani and Mubuku in Kasese have burst their banks following heavy rains causing floods.

An elderly woman and a baby are among two people who died in a stampede at Kilembe Mines Hospital, as patients fled the flooded hospital on Thursday morning.

A total of 195 patients who were receiving treatment at the hospital have been evacuated to other government facilities, Dr Peter Mukobi, the district health officer told New Vision.

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.

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.

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.

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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WILSON ASIIMWE

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.