The money, from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in Uganda will be channelled through Catholic Relief Services (CRS). The target is to support over 1,000 flood-affected individuals in the Rwenzori sub-region through the provision of emergency shelter, water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), and non-food items to communities with the greatest need in Bundibugyo.
The U.S. government is providing
USD 100,000 (366 million Shillings) to respond to the needs of
disaster-affected people in Uganda as a result of extensive flooding and
landslides. This is in response to a request for international support by the Government of Uganda.
The money, from the United States
Agency for International Development (USAID) in Uganda will be channelled through
Catholic Relief Services (CRS) to support over 1,000
flood-affected individuals in the Rwenzori sub-region. Its focus will be on the provision of emergency
shelter, water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), and non-food items to
communities with the greatest need in Bundibugyo.
Heavy rains that began in
September 2019 have affected nearly 300,000 people across Uganda. The other
affected areas include Bududa and Sironko Districts in the Eastern Region.
The crisis in Bundibugyo heightened
in December 2019, with heavy rains that devastated a number of villages, in
the sub-counties of Halugare, Busaru, Ngite, Bundibugyo town council,
Bubukwanga, Kirumya, Tokwe, Ntotoro, Bukonzo, Busunga, Kisuuba, and Sindila.
More than 20 lives were lost in
the tragedy and more than 1,000 persons displaced, according to an assessment report
by the Uganda Red Cross Society. Houses, latrines, crop gardens, places of
worship and Cocoa gardens were all submerged as rains washed away soil from
uphill into the valleys and rivers.
According to the US Agency for
International Development, the immediate needs of affected populations include
blankets, shelter materials, soap, jerry cans, mosquito nets, medicine to treat
water- and vector-borne disease, and food assistance.
“To ensure the U.S. assistance
targets the most vulnerable households, CRS will coordinate with local
government officials and affected communities and consult with marginalized
groups such as women, children, persons with disabilities, and the elderly to
adapt programming to their specific needs and challenges,” The department said
in a press release issued this morning.
They will work with a local
sub-partner, Caritas, to implement activities, with the secondary aim of
strengthening Caritas’ capacity to respond to reoccurring disasters.