By NECJOGHA TEAM, BUNDIBUGYO
Twenty two houses were washed away in flash floods leaving 2,834 people in 285 households affected after heavy rains in the southwestern Uganda districts of Bundibugyo and Ntoroko.
In a press release on Monday by the publicist of the Uganda Red Cross, Irene Nakasiita, the heavy rains hit Bundibugyo and Ntoroko on Sunday July 21st.
According to the release the most hit villages include Kirumya trading centre, Kirumya East, Bundimagwara1, Bugando 11 and Habendu.
“Many houses have been partially filled by the mud leaving people with no shelter and household property destroyed. Business in Kirumya market is also affected since farmers can’t access the gardens and market areas,” the release said.
The Red Cross warned that due to flooding, there’s likelihood of diarrheal diseases and other WASH related concerns like lack of access to clean and safe water.
“Due to much coldness, families are exposed to diseases like pneumonia and malaria, putting lives especially for children and pregnant mothers at risk. Food crops have been destroyed so there is a likelihood of famine,” the release added.
Uganda Red Cross Bundibugyo branch response team in liaison with the district disaster management committee as well as local authorities carried out a rapid assessment to ascertain the damage caused, families affected and immediate needs of the people.
After the assessment Uganda Red Cross through the local branch office, are engaging the district leadership to find temporary space to shelter the most affected families.
“In close coordination with the Office of the Prime Minister, we have embarked on the process of registering the affected people. Community engagement on health concerns and education has started to mitigate potential health threats. This is being done through the local community media. Communities are engaged and trained on proper disposal of human waste, other fecal material disposal as well as encouraging them to boil all water for drinking,” the release adds.
On the immediate needs for the affected people, Red Cross says need to provide temporary moblets (mobile toilets) at public places like churches, schools, market places and open fields where people have sought refuge.
“There is need for food and other non food items to help people cope. Need for clean and safe water provision (if possible add aqua tabs to purify water drawn from open water sources. Families need household items for day today use like blankets, kitchen items, tarpaulins among others. There’s need for continued commonly sensitizations in line with emergency health standards,” the release concludes.