Uganda: Floods - May 2013
Heavy rains at the beginning of May 2013 caused the banks of the Nyamwamba river to burst, which resulted in flooding in Western Uganda's Kasese district. Eight people have been confirmed dead, and over 25,000 have been affected. The flooding has caused widespread destruction of houses, crops and facilities such as bridges, roads and power lines. Major infrastructures such as a hospital and sewage treatment unit have also been damaged. (IFRC, 17 May 2013)
During the operation URCS worked together with the local authorities and the specialized agency for emergencies, especially the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM). URCS distributed a total of 3,300 shelter and NFI kits (including tarpaulins, cooking pots, cups, plates, blankets, jerry cans, laundry soap, and mosquito nets) for 3,425 households and reached 24,062 of the affected people. URCS also provided psycho-social support to internally displaced persons (IDPs) both in the camps and for the affected families staying with host families. URCS also provided overall camp management activities in the settlements for the displaced. However, camps were later closed and IDPs encouraged to reside with hosting communities, where they continued to receive support from URCS and other relief agencies. (IFRC, Preliminary Final Report, 30 May 2014)
Summary: CHF 300,794 was allocated from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) on 17 May 2013 to support the Uganda Red Cross National Society (URCS) in delivering assistance to some 6,500 beneficiaries and replenish disaster preparedness stocks.
Snapshot 09 – 16 September
In Syria, heavy fighting continues, with air-strikes on opposition controlled areas in Damascus and on-going offensives in Aleppo, Rural Damascus, Idleb, Homs and Al-Hasakeh. Meanwhile, after three days of talks in Geneva, US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov reached an agreement on a disarmament proposal under which Syria’s stockpiles of chemical weapons are to be eliminated by mid-2014. The Syrian Minister for Information has indicated that Syria will abide by the terms set out in the plan.
Snapshot 02 – 09 September
A second consecutive year of poor crop production expected in parts of Karamoja
In Syria, intensive fighting continued in Aleppo, Ar-Raqqa, Rural Damascus and Homs. Intensive clashes which ignited at the start of the month between Government and opposition groups in the governorate of Lattakia appeared however to have ceased. At the start of the week, the US warned that a military strike against Syria was imminent, following the alleged use of chemical weapons near Damascus on 21 August. By the end of the week, President Obama indicated that he would seek congressional approval of the Congress before undertaking such an action.
FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT
Harvesting of 2013 first season crops is complete and production prospects are near average
A long dry spell in May/June affected cereal crops in some central cropping areas
Unfavourable prospects for crop production in Karamoja region
Maize prices stabilize in most markets since early August
Overall food security is satisfactory, but deteriorate in Karamoja region
In Syria, fighting continued in Aleppo, Al-Hasakeh, Dar’a, Damascus, Deir-ez-Zor, Hama, Homs, Idleb, Rural Damascus and Quneitra. A large-scale chemical weapons attack in Ghouta killed hundreds of people, according to opposition groups that blamed the Government on 21 August. After some delay, Damascus allowed UN inspectors to visit the site of the alleged chemical attack while denying being behind the assault. Meanwhile, over 1.9 million Syrians have been registered with UNHCR or are awaiting registration in neighboring countries.
Snapshot 12 – 19 August
In Syria, fighting between governmental forces and opposition groups has been concentrated in Aleppo, Deir-ez-Zor, Homs, Lattakia and Rural Damascus this week. Meanwhile, infighting is ongoing within the opposition. As during previous weeks, FSA forces have clashed with Islamist opposition groups on multiple occasions while Kurdish groups continued to fight with Islamist groups in the north of the country. The mass influx of Syrian refugees to neighbouring countries is ongoing. As of 19 August, over 1.9 million Syrians had fled the country.
Update of humanitarian situation
Uganda is situated in a fluid and fragile neighbourhood. By mid-2013, the country was responding to new refugee inflows of over 120,000 from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), as well as ongoing movements from neighbouring South Sudan; extensive flooding in the western DRC/ Uganda border regions; peacebuilding and recovery needs in the Acholi sub-region; and significant nutrition, health, water and sanitation concerns in Karamoja, the most underdeveloped and vulnerable part of the country.
In Syria, Government forces are advancing in Homs and expected to retake opposition-held districts in the short-term, while operations have been ongoing in other major cities, including Aleppo and Damascus. Meanwhile, infighting within opposition forces is spreading between various armed groups. Clashes are continuously reported between Kurdish fighters and al-Qaeda affiliated Islamists near the border with Turkey in Al-Hassakeh and Ar-Raqqa governorates.
1. Executive Summary
Overall Project/Program Status:
Snapshot 22– 29 July
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.
In April this year, heavy rains accompanied by hail storms destroyed houses, crops and other livelihood for the people in Namabasa, Nakaloke sub-county in Mbale district. Fatina Nachuka, 83, a blind widow lost her house besides property and crops worthy millions of shillings and had no other alternative but to shift to her neighbor Salima Sabano for shelter.
FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT
Harvesting of 2013 first season crops is about to start and production prospects are favourable
Abundant rains in Karamoja region improve pasture availability and livestock productivity
Maize prices decline in most markets
The country is mostly food secure, with pockets of moderate food insecurity in Karamoja region
Polio immunisation campaigns continue as new cases reported in Horn of Africa
Measles and Yellow Fever vaccinations underway in Ethiopia
The number of food insecure in the region has halved since the drought crisis
Chronic vulnerability remains with hunger-related deaths reported in Karamoja region of Uganda
Inter-communal conflict persists in Kenya
New influx of 20,000 South Sudanese reported in Kenya, Ethiopia and Uganda in 2013
The March to May rains ended with generally favorable crop and livestock production prospects
• Cumulative March to May rainfall amounts were normal to above normal in most of East Africa. In particular, the rains were 200 to 400 percent above average in parts of southern and central Somalia, southeastern Ethiopia, localized areas of central Kenya, and northeastern Tanzania.
‘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.
An insufficient rain since the start of the season has resulted in abnormal dryness across parts of northern Nigeria.
1) Despite an increase in rainfall since mid-April, the delayed onset or seasonal rainfall has led to unfavorable ground conditions for the northeastern Belg-producing areas of Ethiopia. The erratic nature of the seasonal rains has negatively impacted cropping activities, likely resulting in below-average crop yields.
OTTAWA — Canada is providing life-saving assistance to combat a cholera outbreak which could affect more than 900,000 people in Uganda, as well as support to help meet the immediate needs of approximately 6,500 people affected by the flooding in western Uganda, announced the Honourable Julian Fantino, Minister of International Cooperation.