World · August 2, 2022

Uganda: Floods kill at least 24, officials say

Floods in parts of eastern Uganda from torrential rain killed at least 24 people, the Uganda government and Red Cross said.

Flooding in parts of Bugisu, Mbale and Kapchorwa initially killed 10 people on Sunday, the state ministry in charge of relief, disaster preparedness and refugees in the Prime Minister’s Office said Sunday.

But the death toll rose further on Monday.

Uganda Red Cross spokeswoman Irene Nakasita told reporters that so far rescuers have recovered 21 bodies from Mbale and three more from Kapchorwa.

He said a truck carrying relief supplies was on its way to assist displaced people in the affected areas.

The torrential rains come soon after a prolonged drought in large areas of the country that has left many areas withered and the crops of the fields burned.

The eastern region of Uganda is prone to flooding after heavy rains, but the entire country is vulnerable to natural disasters. Heavy rainfall has caused many victims in the past. More than 30 people were killed and many more displaced when floods wiped out homes in the country’s eastern Bududa district in 2018. In early 2010, around 80 people were killed due to intense landslides after a torrential downpour in Bududa, one of the worst disasters. of Uganda in recent years.

According to a report by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, more than 300,000 people have been affected by floods and landslides in the districts of Bududa and Sironko, both in eastern Uganda and in the western Bundibugyo region. About 65,000 people are estimated to have been displaced, the report adds.