Uganda: Floods - Aug 2007
Unusually heavy rainfall from July to November 2007 led to flooding and water-logging across a number of districts in eastern and northern Uganda (Soroti, Amuria, Katakwi, Bukedea, Kumi, Lira and Sironko Districts), giving rise to a major humanitarian response across all sectors. (OCHA, 31 Jan 2008)
An estimated 20,000 households were severely affected and 58,000 people displaced. With about 80 percent of crops destroyed by floods, food insecurity was imminent. (IFRC, 27 Mar 2009)
The flooding disrupted delivery of social and economic services like education, health, trade and agriculture which resulted in increased risk of communicable diseases especially as the flood water receded. Malaria and diarrhoeal disease incidences greatly increased by over 30%. (WHO, 31 Dec 2007)
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(1) A rapid food assessment has been done by The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) on 12 July 2009 …
Kampala - Several parts of the country face flooding caused by torrential rains that are expected within the next three months, the metrological department has warned.
The Commissioner for Meteorology, Mr S. A.
Uganda Red Cross Society (URCS) appeals for Ushs5.6 billion to respond to the food needs of famine-stricken communities in the North and Eastern regions. The assistance can be in cash or kind.
Approximately 2 million people in the areas of Teso, Acholi, Lango, Karamoja and West Nile are affected by acute shortage of food as a result of crop failure due to prolonged drought.
The most affected areas are Amuria and Katakwi districts in the Teso region and Karamoja areas.
REDUCING AVOIDABLE LOSS OF LIFE AND THE DISEASE BURDEN DUE TO EMERGENCIES IN UGANDA
The General Context in Uganda
Uganda is making good progress in its drive towards achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) targets; HIV sero prevalence rates have stabilized at 6.4% (although the rate of new infections are said to be on the increase), there is better awareness about HIV and improved access to ART in the country and modest improvements have been made in Infant, under 5 and maternal Mortality rates.
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In the month of October, African National Societies converged in Johannesburg for the 7th Pan African Conference. The delegates from 53 National Socieities made committments for the next 4 years and pledged to continue alleviating the suffering of the most vulnerable.
In July, representatives from National Societies allover Africa and the Rome Consensus met in Entebbe with the intent to discuss and commit themselves to finding a solution to the ever increasing drug abuse in the country and world over.
The Humanitarian Drug Policy in the offing is expected to be one of the tools to fight the vice affecting 200 million people worldwide.
The floods that occurred in the eastern and northern parts of the country in July last year left hundreds of people homeless with the major infrastructure including latrines, houses and medical facilities destroyed.
Residents in the affected districts also lost 80% of their crops.
In a bid to mitigate the after-effects of the floods, Uganda Red Cross Society (URCS) embarked on a floods recovery programme in February this year to construct houses and sanitation facilities for the victims and to improve food security through distribution of seeds and farming tools.
The National …
Kumi - Government has set aside Shs6b to avert famine in Teso sub region, State minister for Disaster Preparedness Musa Ecweru has said.
Addressing different rallies in Kumi Boma ground and Ngora County headquarters, last Friday, Mr Ecweru said residents will not experience famine as President Museveni had ordered the Finance ministry to give his Ministry shs6bn.
"The Ministry of finance has already secured the money and very soon it is going to be in our office to allow us start the programme of delivering both seeds and food items to you, Mr Ecweru said.
Katakwi - The UPDF Third Division in Teso has handed out fast maturing and high yielding cassava cuttings to fight in the Teso region. UPDF Third Division spokesman Henry Obbo on Saturday said the army has embarked on providing vulnerable communities with some agricultural inputs to avert the famine.
"Food security is equally our concern. A satisfied community is a secure community," he said.
Moroto - At least 15 people have been reported dead from hunger in Moroto District in the last three months, the LC5 chairperson, Mr Peter Ken Lochap has said.
He said Nawaikorot village in Ngoleriet Sub-county, Bokoro County had particularly been affected by this year's poor harvest of crops that has cast a big shadow of a looming famine on the populace of Karamoja.
"We have begun receiving reports of deaths resulting from hunger and so far 15 have been brought to my attention. I have told my people in the district to use what (food) they have in …
The Red Cross/Red Crescent Movement once again celebrated the International Red Cross/Red Crescent Day 2008. In Uganda, Uganda Red Cross Society (URCS) climaxed the celebrations in Tororo branch under the theme, "You & I in partnership to serve the most vulnerable."
The 2008 theme was chosen at the time the National Society is using all avenues to sustain and create new partnership with the local community.
- World cereal production in 2008 is forecast to increase 2.8 percent to a record 2 180 million tonnes. Most of the increase is in wheat following significant expansion in plantings in all regions. Coarse grains output is expected around the bumper level of last year but lower than earlier anticipated due to severe floods in the United States, the world's largest producer and exporter. Rice is tentatively forecast to increase slightly from last year's good level.
- Despite the anticipated increase in world output, cereal markets will remain tight in 2008/09.
The various activites that the Uganda Red Cross has engaged in this period have boosted the National Society's image.
They have been engaged in farming but mainly for food consumption. Much as they could have some food to eat, they do need income to meet their other needs. That is why Uganda Red Cross Society (URCS) has come in to cluster them into groups to achieve these objectives. These are farmers based Amuria district, one of the districts heavily affected by floods in 2007.
As part of URCS' food security programme, 60 farmers groups have been formed. Each group has 15-25 farmers.
Summary of crises with major changes since beginning of 2008
1. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
Unfavourable Prospects for 2008 Cereal Crops in Several Countries. Concern over a worsening of food insecurity for millions affected by high food prices
Harvesting of the 2008 main season cereal crops is underway or due to start soon in Somalia, Tanzania, Uganda and Kenya. In Ethiopia the harvest of the secondary "belg" crop is in progress. Although the important March-May rains improved towards the end of the period, cumulative totals remain below normal in large areas of Ethiopia, Somalia, parts of western Kenya and in the Karamoja region of Uganda.