Uganda: Floods - Nov 1997
In November 1997, heavy rains and flooding in Eastern Africa spread to Uganda's eastern region of Mbale. At least 500 people were displaced and 35 died. Bridges were washed away and communication with the district was difficult. (IFRC, 26 Nov 1997)
By December, the situation had worsened and up to 150,000 persons had been displaced, and at least 100 had died. Serious flooding was also reported in the western parts of the country. (UN DHA, 23 Dec 1997)
Most read reports
- UNDP: Landslides killed 30 people in Uganda. 4 Dec 1997
- UN DHA: Uganda Floods/Landslides Situation Report No. 5. 23 Dec 1997
- UN DHA: Uganda Floods Situation Report No. 3. 12 Dec 1997
- UN DHA: Uganda Floods Situation Report No. 1. 28 Nov 1997
- IFRC: Uganda: Floods - Information Bulletin n° 1. 26 Nov 1997
Xinhua reported on January 11 that the Kampala-Entebbe has been cut by floods since January 10. However, in the more important story, Kampala's New Vision reported on January 10 that as many as 185 people are known to have died of cholera in Uganda in an epidemic that is fast consuming much of East and Central Africa from the DRC through Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania and Uganda up through Kenya and Somalia. The New Vision reported that 53 people died in Mbale.
Ministry of Health records indicated that 4,005 cases had been reported since the outbreak.
Ref: DHAGVA - 97/0876
Ref: DHAGVA - 97/0871
THIS APPEAL SEEKS CHF 12,379,500
IN CASH, KIND AND SERVICES
TO ASSIST 356,000 BENEFICIARIES FOR SIX MONTHS
Landslides have killed 30 people and displaced 2,500 in Uganda's eastern region of Mbale. Flooding has been reported in the eastern districts of Tororo, Bugiri and Pallisa, as well as in the western part of the country. In Bundibugyo district an estimated 1,000 people have been displaced and crops and properties have been destroyed. The Nile river burst its banks last week, displacing hundreds of people in the Nebbi district in northwestern Uganda. UNDP and other UN agencies are monitoring the situation and helping assess damages as heavy rains in eastern Africa spread to Uganda.
Ref: DHAGVA - 97/0864
1. The UN Resident Coordinator in Kampala reports that rains continued in most parts of the country over this past weekend, further worsening the situation. It is being reported that up to 150,000 persons may have been displaced.
2. Serious flooding is now reported also in the western parts of the country. In Bundibugyo District, an estimated 1,000
- The UN Resident Coordinator in Kampala reports that heavy rains in eastern Africa have spread to Uganda's eastern region of Mbale, causing landslides which killed 30 or more persons and displaced about 2,500 persons. Flooding has also been reported in the eastern districts of Tororo, Bugiri, and Pallisa.
Uganda's second-season rains began in October -- up to 2 months later than normal for some regions -- and the
Meteorological Department has advised farmers to plant early maturing crops to avoid crop loss if the rains do not extend