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72 000 Ugandans affected by disasters

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Posted on Thursday, 29 September 2011 17:02

Over 72 254 people have been affected by landslides, floods, hailstorms and fire outbreaks in Uganda over a period of one year stretching from August 2010 to last month.

The disasters have affected the eastern, central and western regions of the country as well as the West Nile.

Ten people have also drowned in the last three weeks in flooded streams in the capital Kampala and other parts of the country.

According to a Uganda Red Cross Society (URCS) Disaster Response Operation report released on September 21, the most affected population of 35, 125 was in the Bulambuli district where communities have been affected by both landslides and floods.

The Sisiyi, Lusha, Namisuni, Nabbongo, Bukhalu, Bwikhonge, Bunambutye, Bulambuti, Muyembe and Buluganya were affected.

In Bukise, Butandiga, Bukhulo Sub Counties and Sironko Town Council, Sironko District, 9, 292 people were affected by floods.

URCS has distributed relief items such as essential household items like blankets, tarpaulin, saucepans, jerry cans, basin, soap, cups, plates, mosquito nets and food to 21, 470 people.

The items were supplied by the Ugandan government.

URCS secretary general Michael Richard Nataka said assessments they had carried out had shown that there was need to relocate of people in Sisiyi, Buluganya, Lusha and Namisuni in Bulambuli areas to places that would not be affected by flooding.

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