Hundreds displaced by floods in Uganda

Kisoro district in Uganda

“We have coordinated with the Office of Prime Minister who will also be sending more support in form of food and non-food relief to the affected communities,”-Uganda Red Cross Society (URCS)

By The Weekly Vision Online

Hundreds of people were affected by torrential rains, floods and a mudslide in three sub-counties in the western Ugandan district of Kisoro, Uganda Red Cross Society (URCS) announced on Thursday.

In an update, the agency said that the incident happened on Tuesday and about 800 people were affected with nine deaths reported in the sub-counties of Nyarusiza, Muramba and Bunagana. “We have coordinated with the Office of Prime Minister who will also be sending more support in form of food and non-food relief to the affected communities,” the agency said after some non-relief items were handed over to the victims.

The statement said the relief items given to the victims so far will help them develop coping mechanisms. URCS earlier said, after torrential rains, water flowed from Mount Mahabura downstream, sweeping many houses and causing destruction. Uganda’s weather department on Jan. 19 said that although December, January and February are generally characterized by sunny and dry conditions, some parts of the country have been receiving off-season rains.

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