Uganda: Key Message Update, September 2017

Report
from Famine Early Warning System Network
Published on 29 Sep 2017 View Original

Above-average rainfall since August favors cropping, but flooding and mudslide risks remain

Key Messages

Above-average rainfall in August and September has supported early second season planting and crop development in most areas. However, heavy rains have also caused mudslides in Nyundo, Bukimbiri, Harugale, Masaba, Bumayoka, and Rubanda and river flooding in Elegu of Amuru. These events have displaced over 50,000 people and destroyed crops and property. Above-average rainfall is forecast through December and further flooding and landslides are possible.
The total number of refugees in Uganda has reached 1,355,764, over 1,022,000 of whom are from South Sudan. The continued influx has prompted the opening of Omugo settlement, an extension of Rhino Camp, in Arua District. In September, WFP provided a full ration to all refugees who arrived after July 2015, through a combination of food and cash. Refugees are likely Stressed (IPC Phase 2!). WFP requires 76.9 million USD to continue providing assistance at above levels through January 2018, and it is expected refugees would be in Crisis (IPC Phase 3) in the absence of assistance.
Between August and September, staple food prices have declined or remained seasonally stable in most regions. Although prices remain higher than last year and the five-year average, second season production has increased household and market stocks, supporting price declines. Most areas are in Minimal (IPC Phase 1), although some poor households in bimodal areas are Stressed (IPC Phase 2), and most poor households in Karamoja are Stressed (IPC Phase 2).