In the past few months, heavy rains have disrupted most parts of Uganda, leaving devastating flooding and landslide events which have been evidently seen in Bulambuli,Butaleja, Bududa, Manafwa, Namisindwa, Mbale, Sironko, Amuru, Kasese, Nakapiripirit, Otuke and Bundibugyo districts. Therefore, guided by seasonal rainfall outlook for September to December 2019 provided by the Uganda National Meteorological Authority (UNMA) and the Food Early Warning Systems Network (FEWSNET) in addition to country’s experiences in the past, the Uganda Red Cross Society (URCS) has developed a three (3) months integrated emergency preparedness and response plan to respond and mitigate impacts of anticipated adverse weather events; including flooding and landslides arising from torrential rainfall that has affected over 10 districts; as well as response to confirmed cholera outbreaks in the four districts of Busia, Bududa, Kyegegwa and Isingiro.
Recently, the Ministry of Health confirmed cholera outbreaks in four districts Busia, Bududa, Kyeggwa and Isingiro. So far, a cumulative number of 229 persons are affected, with confirmed 02 deaths. We the above, Uganda Red Cross has developed an emergency preparedness and response plan that requires total resources worth UGX 1,655,832,900/= targeting 5,000 severely risk and mostly vulnerable individuals in 1,000 households. The target population includes those affected by landslides, floods and cholera in the 15 districts above.
The funds will support families with emergency relief non-food items temporary shelter for displaced people, health and life saving interventions, hygiene promotion, access to safe and clean water, early warning sensitization for communities on climate and potential disease outbreaks, training of more disaster response volunteers, offering psycho- social support, among other immediate needs.
The Secretary General of Uganda Red Cross Society Mr. Robert Kwesiga notes that “climate is a global concern, for Uganda it is becoming our reality as we have had challenges of un-anticipated weather changes despite guidance and predictions from the weather experts. We cannot wait to see experiences like cyclone Idai that hit Mozambique in March this year where over 1000 lives were lost. Uganda needs to take on preparedness as opposed to struggling when unprecedented disasters hit."