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The Hoima District vice chairperson Mr Benson Ciche who rushed to the school and participated in transporting the sick to hospital said government should prioritize providing lightning arrestors in all schools.
The Buhanika Sub County chairperson Mr Jamil Kasangaki, said the lightning struck and killed a goat and a cow belonging to Mr Joseph Kiiza in Kifumura II village.
By Francis Mugerwa
Thirteen people have been confirmed dead in Nfasha Trading Centre, Ikamiro Parish, Rubanda District, after a rainstorm that lasted about an hour.
The victims were swept away by running water on Tuesday at about 4pm.
Surging water brought down nine houses and carried down the valley two babies, three women and eight men where they died.
Four men were injured and rushed to Kabale Hospital.
The District Police Commander, Mr Ramathan Tai confirmed the deaths saying 13 bodies have been recovered, seven on Tuesday evening and six on Wednesday.
- The disaster comes barely a month after the same area was hit by floods that killed two people, destroyed several semi-permanent structures and properties worth billions of shillings and displaced about 6,000 people.
By JULIUS OCUNGI GULU
A devastating flash flood has again swept through Elegu trading center in Atiak Sub-county Amuru District at the Uganda-South Sudan border point.
By CISSY MAKUMBI &TOBBIAS JOLLY OWINY
GULU. One morning in 2010, Esther Lakari, a resident of Panyul Village in Agago Sub-county, Lamwo District, set off to her farm to harvest food for her family. She had no idea that tragedy awaited her.
Lakari says she was walking to her garden when she had a blast and became unconscious. She later woke up at Kitgum Hospital to find her right leg amputated. She had stepped on a land mine that maimed her leg.
Lakari, a mother of five, was later abandoned by her husband and is now struggling to raise her children on her own.
By YAHUDU KITUNZI
Sironko- More than 300 families in Lusabe village, Bufupa Parish, Masaba Sub-county in Sironko District that were recently hit by mudslides have asked for faster response from government due to the dire conditions they are living in.
Although government opened a camp for the families at Bufupa Primary School, it lacks social amenities such as pit-latrines and clean water. The camp is about 200 metres from the mudslide site.
By DAN WANDERA LUWEERO.
Caterpillars have invaded Luweero eating several acres of crops, causing fear among residents that famine could strike the district.
According to the district entomology department, there are three types of caterpillars ravaging the district. They include the tailed green, the fall armyworm and the black hairy caterpillar. The most destructive to crops is the armyworm.
By David Mafabi
KAMPALA. Uganda has been placed on high alert as the Ministry of Health investigates and monitors suspected cases of the deadly Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever in the central districts of Kiboga and Nakaseke.
On August 20, the ministry received blood samples of two patients from Kiboga and Nakaseke hospital suspected Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever (CCHF).
According to an August 21 statement signed by the acting Director General, health services Dr Anthony Mbonye, the two victims tested positive to Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever [CCFH].
By Julius Ocungi
AMURU. Two people are feared dead, after a flood displaced thousands of people in Elegu trading center in Amuru district, on Tuesday evening.
According to local leaders, the floods occurred after River Unyama burst its banks, following a heavy downpour.The chairperson of Elegu zone II, Mr Kassim Akule said, about 3,000 people were affected by the flood, as it submerged their homes and business facilities.
By RAJAB MUKOMBOZI
ISINGIRO-Refugees in Nakivale Resettlement in Isingiro District are crying foul following a food crisis that has hit the camp.
The refugees depend on food given by United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and harvests from land given to them to supplement food supplies.
But recently food rations by UNHCR were reduced and this has been worsened by persistent drought that has been experienced in the district.
Uganda’s economic woes do not seem like they are about to end if the ongoing drought in some parts of the country continues
By Mark Keith Muhumuza
The relief items that are being sold by the refugees in local markets include among others carpets, blankets, farm tools, mosquito nets, water containers, solar-power lamps.
By FELIX WAROM OKELLO & ROBERT ELEMA
YUMBE- Several markets in West Nile are flooded with relief items that have being sold by South Sudan refugees to market vendors who resell them.
The relief items were distributed by relief agencies like the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR).
By Alfred Tumushabe & Rajab Mukombozi
Livestock in Isingiro and Kiruhura districts are dying due to starvation following prolonged drought in the area.
The two neigbouring districts have traditionally been hit by drought, but Dr Bruhan Kasozi, the Isingiro veterinary officer, on Tuesday said the scarcity of water and pasture he has witnessed was the worst in the 17 years he has worked in the area.
The area has not received any substantial rainfall since April.
Buliisa. A storm has hit Buliisa District leaving at least 10 people dead and hundreds homeless. According to eye witnesses, the storm followed a heavy down pour that started at about 1am, ravaging the area up to the wee hours of Tuesday.
Kaabong- Families in Kaabong District in Karamoja sub-region are facing starvation with 11 people reported dead due to hunger in the last one month.
According to Mr Samson Lokeris, the Dodoth East MP, the 11 people died in Kathile, Lodike, Lolelia and Loyoro sub-counties.
Mr Lokeris, who also doubles as chairman for Karamoja parliamentary group, attributed the hunger to the prolonged drought that has dried up water sources.
By David Mafabi
Uganda Red Cross Society will implement the project in five districts.
In bid to reduce the impact of storms, floods and droughts in north eastern Uganda due to climate change, the Uganda Red Cross Society (URCS) has started climate mitigation lessons in communities.
By MARTIN OKUDI
In Summary: A community of 1,000 shares a school borehole.
At least 200 households in four villages of Central I and II in Adjumani Town Council continue to grapple with a severe water crisis as the only borehole in the vicinity is shared by over 1,000 residents.
With the new school term just around the corner, residents are worried that water from the borehole at Adjumani Central Primary School, which is also shared with about 1,200 pupils, teachers and non-teaching staff, will not be sufficient.
By SIMON PETER EMWAMU
In Summary: Call for action: Touring the district at the weekend, the State Minister for Teso Affairs demanded that the government embarks on mass vaccination against the disease, which has been ignored since 2009.
The State Minister for Teso Affairs, Ms Christine Amongin, has asked the government to start a massive vaccination against Hepatitis B, a disease that has claimed several lives in the region since 2009.
By Stephen Otage
Health: The report blames foreign aid as the major blame to government’s laxity.
Uganda’s immunisation coverage remains low compared to other East African countries, with experts now calling for a better plan to address the gap.
A report by the advisory committee on vaccines and immunisation of the Uganda National Academy of Science (UNAS) shows that in the 1990s, Uganda had one of the most successful immunisation programmes in East and sub- Saharan Africa.
By Perez Rumanzi
The affected families are staying in a school and a health centre as they wait for government aid.
At least 500 residents in Rwenshama Fishing Village in Bwambara Sub-county, Rukungiri District have been displaced by floods from Lake Edward.
More than 200 families have been displaced since December and water movement triggered by violent waves on the lake were still forcing more to relocate by last week, according to local authorities.
By MARTIN OKUDI & FELIX WAROM OKELLO
In Summary - The structure for the nurse’s training school was established in 1957 but was abandoned in 1972 after commissioning of Moyo hospital.
Health workers in the Madi sub-region have asked government to consider the need for setting up a nursing training school in Moyo District.