Uganda: Kasese Floods DREF operation n° MDRUG033

CHF 300,794 has been allocated from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support the Uganda Red Cross Society (URCS) in delivering immediate assistance to some 6,500 beneficiaries. Unearmarked funds to repay DREF are encouraged.

Summary: After heavy rains that lasted for six hours on the 1 May 2013, River Nyamwamba burst its banks and flooded nine sub-counties in Kasese. Eight people have been confirmed dead, at least five people are missing and the affected population now stands at 25,445 people. The flooding has caused widespread destruction of houses, crops and facilities such as bridges, roads and power lines. Major infrastructures such as a hospital and sewage treatment unit have also been damaged.
In response, URCS immediately mobilized its volunteers who have been engaged in undertaking situation and needs assessments, search and rescue services, providing first aid and referrals to Kagando hospital and evacuation of those injured and unaccompanied.

With this DREF, URCS intends to deliver immediate assistance to some 1,000 households through the distribution of NFIs to the affected households, increase access to safe water, tackle sanitation and hygiene issues through creating awareness amongst the displaced populations and provision of psychosocial support.

The emergency intervention will complement the efforts of other stakeholders as well address the existing gaps in the coordinated disaster response.This operation is expected to be implemented over 3 months, and will therefore be completed by 15 August 2013; a Final Report will be made available three months after the end of the operation (by 15 November, 2013).