The European Commission has provided EUR 100, 000 (ugx. 420m) in humanitarian funding to assist the families most affected by the recent extensive rains, which resulted in hailstorms, flooding and landslides in multiple districts in the West Nile and Eastern Uganda.
The heavy rainfall has led to the loss of life, hospitalizations and the destruction of homes and infrastructure.
Over 20.000 people were displaced and 416 homes completely destroyed. Health, school and water facilities were also affected by the flooding, posing a great risk of waterborne diseases such as cholera and typhoid.
The EU funds will support the Ugandan Red Cross Society in delivering much-needed relief assistance, especially to displaced families whose houses were extensively damaged by the heavy rains. Assistance will include the provision of emergency essential household items including blankets, mosquito nets, solar lamps, jerry cans, soap and kitchen sets. The displaced families will also receive tarpaulins for temporary shelter.
Many of the affected have taken shelter in government schools and community halls. With overcrowding and limited sanitation facilities, the risk of a disease outbreak is high. This funding will support the provision of water-treatment tablets to prevent water-borne diseases. The Red Cross society will also conduct health promotion exercises, sensitising the affected communities on good hygiene practices to keep diseases away. They will also give psychosocial support as well as provide menstrual hygiene kits for women and girls of reproductive age.
Running for three months, this operation will assist 10,785 people in seven districts: Kapchorwa, Sironko, Mbale, Bukedea, Zombo, Kapelebyong and Katakwi.
The funding is part of the EU’s overall contribution to the Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).