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06 Jun 2013 description
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‘Terrible,’ said Dr. Robert Tiondi to a ShelterBox Response Team (SRT) after recent flash flooding in Uganda damaged the majority of facilities and infrastructure in the western Kasese region including Kilembe Mines Hospital. ‘I was submerged by water up to my waist, trying to get all of the patients out and to a safe place. We hardly had any time but we did what we could to save their lives.’

The SRT has been in the region assessing the need for emergency shelter following torrential rains that caused flash floods in May.

19 May 2013 description
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A ShelterBox Response Team (SRT) has just landed in Uganda as continuous heavy rains in the western Kasese region have caused the ‘worst flooding since 1976’, according to the country’s authorities and media reports.

Uganda National Rotary alerted ShelterBox Operations department describing the disaster:

‘… Rains have wreaked havoc in Kasese District… at least six people have been killed… thousands of homes washed away, a hospital inundated, and roads made impassable… the immediate needs are shelter, blankets, water filtration…’

02 Apr 2013 description
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The people of Uganda's Mbale district have endured a tough year having been hit by three disasters, including a cyclone, flooding and now severe storm damage.

Earlier this month, torrential rains swept houses away in Namabasa parish in Nakaloke sub country, Mbale district, leaving over 1,000 people homeless and injuring 12.

In just one hour the heavy rains and strong winds destroyed churches, a mosque, a health centre and schools. Almost 2,000 students have been taking their classes under trees.

28 Nov 2012 description
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Grace Mutuwa used to live in her house in Bududa, a district in eastern Uganda. But, like many others, she was made homeless last July when heavy rains caused landslides on the slopes of Mount Elgon burying her home. ShelterBox responded and delivered tents to families in need, heavily pregnant Grace being one of them.

A ShelterBox Response Team (SRT) travelled to assess the need following further flooding in northeastern Uganda in the Kibaale District and the Teso and Lango sub-regions earlier this month. With no need found, the SRT returned to Bududa where they met Grace.

13 Jul 2012 description
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Fighting between government troops and M23 rebel forces in North Kivu in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has forced thousands of families to flee their homes into Uganda.

Many crossed the border through Kisoro and travelled 20 kilometres to Nyakabande transit centre, bringing the number of refugees there to over 16,000. From there, many are being relocated 370 kilometres away to Rwamwanja Refugee Settlement in Kamwenge district, which currently has 13,600 refugees.

08 Jul 2012 description
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'When the landslide happened most of the children were at school and many people were at the market. It was unclear how many people had been hit.'

02 Jul 2012 description
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Up to 400,000 people may require emergency shelter in Uganda's mountainous east due to continuing heavy rains and mudslides that could force them to flee their homes. A ShelterBox Response Team (SRT) is en route to assess the situation.

Reports say the worst affected area is Bumwalukani Sub County in the Bududa district, where two villages, Namaaga and Bunakasala, have been buried by a mudslide that hit on 25 June. More than 100 people are missing and a further 30 have lost their lives.

13 Apr 2010 description
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At around 6pm local time on Monday, March 1, a torrent of mud and huge boulders hurtled down the slopes of Mount Elgon, an extinct volcano in the Bududa district of eastern Uganda.

The mudslides wiped out an entire village including a health centre and a church where people had gathered to pray. Children sheltering in a village shop from the heavy rain were all killed when a river of thick mud buried the building.

ShelterBox Response Team (SRT) members Stuart Oates (UK) from ST Martin, near Helston, and Laura Dale (UK), from Exeter, were sent to the disaster hit region and …

16 Mar 2010 description
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A ShelterBox Response Team (SRT) is working in Uganda in response to deadly landslides which struck the country at the start of March.

Stuart Oates (UK) and Laura Dale (UK), volunteers for international disaster relief charity ShelterBox, arrived in Uganda on Sunday, March 14 and are now assessing the worst affected areas. They are based in Mbale, in Uganda's east, the closest city to the Bududa region which was hit by the landslides.

On Monday, March 1 torrential rains in the areas surrounding Mt Elgon caused flooding and deadly landslides, destroying thousands of homes.