Uganda: Floods and Landslides - May 2020

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FL-2020-000132-UGA

Disaster description

At least 500 families are displaced in Busia District (eastern Uganda) and in urgent need of shelter and food. In south-western Uganda, people living in Kasese district close to the rivers of Nyamwamba, Mubuku, and Nyamugasan are affected by floodwaters and forced to evacuate. Bundibugyo and Ntoroko Districts are also affected. Several houses, roads and bridges have been flooded and power outages have been reported. About 800 people are displaced. The Government deployed the Police and the Army to carry out rescue tasks. Provision of immediate food and NFI assistance remains a challenge due to the access constraints. The Ugandan Red Cross Society is currently conducting a needs assessment in the three affected Districts. For the next 24 hours, heavy rain is forecasted over western and south-eastern regions. (ECHO, 8 May 2020)

On 9 May, several landslides occurred in Kween District (central-east Uganda), after Sundet and Kere Rivers burst their banks, as a result of heavy rain. According to media, 3 people died and many others are injured. Several houses are destroyed, and over 200 families are in need of relief aid. The Uganda Red Cross Society and local authorities are carrying out damage and loss assessment of the landslides, wind destruction and the general floods that occurred in the Girigiri lower plains. In Kasese District (South-western Uganda), flash floods continue to affect the local population. Rivers Nyamwamba, Mubuku, Nyamughasana and Lhubiriha burst their banks again, flooding the communities and displacing over 100,000 people. In Kabale District (South-western Uganda), rain caused havoc, collapsing the main highway to Rwanda causing diversion of all traffic via Nyamitanga hills. The Office of the Prime Minister is providing in-kind food and NFI assistance; however further assistance is required. Moderate to heavy rain is forecast over most of South and East Uganda on 11-12 May. (ECHO, 11 May 2020)

At least eight people were feared dead yesterday after floods and mudslides hit parts of Kasese District on the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Traffic between Uganda and DRC was also cut off after the main bridge was submerged by River Thaku, which separates the two countries. River Thaku burst its banks at around 5am, forcing hundreds of residents to run for their lives. (Monitor, 22 May 2020)

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