Ntoroko flood victims receive aid from Uganda Red Cross

from Uganda Red Cross
Published on 16 Jan 2013 View Original

By Gideon Kipurah - Focal Person URCS Bundibugyo

The Uganda Red Cross Society (URCS) has distributed essential household items to 312 households displaced by floods in Ntoroko District, Western Uganda.

The distribution conducted over the weekend through URCS Bundibugyo branch followed a vulnerability capacity assessment in the affected sub counties of Butungama and Bweramule.

The items included tarpaulins, cups, plates, blankets, saucepans and soap. To reduce contamination of drinking water, the affected families were also given water purification tablets.

From the Office of the Prime Minister, 100 sacks of beans and 100 sacks of maize flour were earlier distributed.

The URCS assessment report indicates that accessibility to Bweramule Sub County is still by a canoe. 19 households remain camped at Masaka Primary School and five at Budiba P.S. Some of the affected families have returned to their homes since the water levels are receding.

URCS volunteers are conducting an aggressive hygiene promotion among the communities to avert any disease outbreak. The assessment report states that most pit latrines have been sub merged with water.

The same water is being used by some families for domestic use hence the distribution of water purification tablets to avert any water related diseases. URCS continues to coordinate with Ntoroko district authorities and other stakeholders for any more support to the affected families.