Providing relief in flood ravaged Uganda

New Zealand Red Cross is assisting the New Zealand Government in providing vital aid to eastern Uganda which has been devastated by flooding and landslides.

Today Foreign Minister Winston Peters announced that New Zealand would contribute $500,000 to the international relief effort.

New Zealand Red Cross will facilitate the transfer of the money from the New Zealand Government to the International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC) and their emergency relief appeal.

The eastern part of Uganda has been experiencing unusually heavy rainfall since July 2007 resulting in massive flooding and landslides.

Thousands of people have been affected, with many forced from their homes. Sanitation systems, roads, bridges and home have been destroyed by the flooding.

"Aid agencies have identified several priorities for the international aid effort, including securing supplies of food and clean water; providing emergency shelter and non-food items; addressing health and sanitation needs to preventing outbreaks of disease, and re-opening schools.

"NZAID, the government's international aid agency, will contribute $500,000 to the International Federation of the Red Cross. The money, which will go via New Zealand Red Cross, comes from NZAID's Natural Disaster fund," Mr Peters said.