1. According to latest information, following floods and landslides in Eastern and Western districts, an estimated number of 100 people have been killed, several unaccounted for and many others critically injured. About 150,000 people have been displaced and farm properties (homes and crops) destroyed. Thousands of acres of food and cash crops have also been destroyed. Several primary schools were laid waste and have since been closed, the roads leading to the schools have been cut off.
2. Furthermore, roads, water treatment plants and bridges have been damaged. Those bridges on tarmac have been submerged while those on dirt tracks have been washed away. According to the Ministry of Works, Transport and Communications, about 40% of major trucks roads in the country have been destroyed, with serious consequences for the country's economy.
3. The main road at Iganga town has been cut off by a 4 meter wide trench. This road not only links Kampala to the Eastern and Northern parts of the country but serves as the entry and exit point to Kenya. As of 22 December, all vehicles, including heavy trucks remained stranded on either side of the trench across the road.
RESPONSE BY THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY AND THE GOVERNMENT OF UGANDA
4. The United Nations Disaster Management Team (UNDMT) mission which ended on 15 December also brought along relief supplies from WFP, UNHCR, UNICEF and IFRC, the Uganda Red Cross having the responsibility for distributing the relief supplies to the population.
5. Currently, the Government is soliciting funds to purchase seeds and seedlings of fast early maturing crops and the necessary farm implements for distribution.
6. IFRC in conjunction with the Uganda Red Cross is managing registration of the affected population and distribution of relief items. Information from these agencies will complement UNDMT work to plan further actions in supporting the Government in its efforts to mitigate the impact of the emergency.
7. The weather forecast is that Uganda is likely to suffer well into 1998 from prolonged unstable conditions arising from El Nino, additional floods and landslides may occur. The likelihood of further disruption of the livelihoods of the population requires that the Government's capacity to access affected areas, to quickly collate information necessary for rapid direct response and mobilisation of resources from donors be strengthened. This is essential for a more concerted action between Government and the donor community.
8. DHA-Geneva is prepared to serve as a channel for cash contributions, to be used in the immediate relief phase, in coordination and consultation with the relevant organisations of the United Nations system. DHA provides donors with written confirmation and pertinent details concerning the utilisation of the funds contributed.
9. Donors wishing to channel their contributions through DHA can transfer funds to DHA account No. CO - 590.160.1 at the Swiss Bank Corporation, Case Postale 2770,
CH - 1211 Geneva 2, Switzerland, with reference Uganda Floods, DHA - Geneva.
can also be received by the UNDP Kampala, Uganda, Fax: 256 344 801,
Telex: 81 255.
11. For coordination purposes, donors are requested to inform DHA - Geneva, as indicated below, of relief missions, pledges or contributions and their corresponding values by item.
Telephone number: + 41 22 917 1234
In case of emergency only: + 41 22 917 2010
Desk Officer: Guillaume de Montravel, direct tel: + 41 22 917 1481
Contact for medias: Ms M. Moulin-Acevedo, direct tel:
+ 41 22 917 2856
Telex 41 42 42 dha ch
Fax: + 41 22 917 0023
E-mail: info at dha.unicc.org
DEPARTMENT OF HUMANITARIAN AFFAIRS