19,161 affected by Kasese floods, Red Cross seeks 1.8bn

Written by Catherine Ntabadde Makumbi

The Uganda Red Cross Society (URCS) is seeking for sh1.8b to provide emergency assistance to people affected by floods in Kasese District. The appeal is targeting 18,000 people (3, 000 households). URCS actual assessements put the number of people affected to 19, 161 people.

The funds will cater for provision of shelter like tarpaulins and construction kits, essential household items (cups, plates, jerrycans, mosquito nets, laundry soap, blankets, saucepans, buckets), reviving livelihoods through provision of seeds and tool kits.

According to URCS Secretary General Michael Richard Nataka, the funds will also cater for water and sanitation campaign/awareness, provision of psychosocial support to the affected families.

In addition, URCS plans to further distribute water purification tablets to avert any risk of water borne diseases.

In Kasese, the Red Cross working with Office of Prime Minister and district authorities continues to manage the resettlement area at Kasese Primary School. By last evening, 3,108 people from Bulembia and Nyamwamba divisions (Kilembe area) had been registered at the primary school.

The Red Cross Action teams have been carrying out assessments and from the current figures, 19,161 people have been affected in the areas of Kilembe and Bulembya (4,996), Karusandara sub county (10, 906), Kitswamba sub county (1,139), Kabarugira sib county (561), Bugoye sub county (76), Maliba sub county (1,341) and Kyalumba sub county (142). Actual figures from Nyambwamba are being finalized.

The teams are intensifying hygiene promotion in the camp as a measure to control disease outbreak.