Gov’t report: 26 dead, 15 injured in flood disasters

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Martin Owor Commissioner, Relief, Disaster Preparedness and Management Office of the Prime Minister, has released a government report on the recent mudslides and flood disasters across the country.

Rubanda District suffered a mudflow disaster (i.e lots of water-and-mud from the mountains) which happened on Tuesday 26th September 2017 in the evening following a heavy rainfall.

It washed away Nfasha trading Centre, which hosts people mostly from Bufundi and Muko subcounties.

13 people are confirmed dead (11 from Muko subcounty & 2 from Bufundi subcounty), 15 injured and admitted in Kabale Hospital and 7 homes were washed away. Over 50 other homes were damaged.

The number of missing persons is being established through a house-to-house assessment. There are fears some people could have been washed into Lake Bunyonyi.

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Government Response Actions

The Office of the Prime Minister Disaster Management team is on the way to join the district Disaster Management Committee carry out a detailed assessment in all the five affected subcounties of Muko, Nyamweru, Ikumba, Ruhisha and Bufundi.

The Office of the Prime Minister has dispatched 25 metric tons (one trailer) of relief food for the survivors.

Each of the bereaved families will be given 3 bags (300kgs) of relief food to support mourners.

The balance of the relief food will be given to registered survivors following the on-going assessment.

After the detailed assessment more relief help including non-food commodities will be delivered

Sironko and Bududa floods and landslides

On the 27th August a landslide occurred in Bududa, there were no deaths.

On the 28th August another landslide occurred in Sironko District. It buried 10 people. Much of lower Bulambuli is currently flooded.

Government Response Actions

Government delivered 50 metric tons (500 bags or two trailers) of relief food to Sironko immediately.

Bududa survivors received 25 metric tons of relief food. Each of the 10 bereaved families in Sironko was given 100kgs of maize flour to support mourners.

The bereaved families will receive additional 100kgs of maize flour and 100kgs of beans this week when more deliveries are made to Sironko, Bududa and Bulambuli.

Government intends to resume the use of earthmoving excavators in the search for the remaining 8 bodies when the wet ground has settled.

Kisiizi floods disaster

On 11th September a massive flood swept through Kisiizi hospital. Three infants died when the floods destroyed the generator power supply source.

All the hospital linen (Mattresses, blankets and bedsheets) were destroyed. The hospital wards and compound was flooded for hours and later a huge volume of silt (mud) covered the whole hospital.

The gravity water supply system was destroyed, the Oxygen concentrator was destroyed, alot of other hospital equipment were damaged and patients had to be transferred to less flooded wards.

Government Response Actions

The river bed has been drenched making it deeper and wider and chances of another flooding of the hospital is now minimal. The water supply system was repaired by NWSC and UPDF engineers.

Ministry of Energy and Umeme made temporary hydro-power connection to the Hospital. The Hospital Generator has now been repaired and power supply restored.

MoH pledge to procure and donate to the Hospital a new Oxygen concentrator by first week of October. OPM will deliver a donation of 200 hospital mattresses, 200 hospital blankets and 400 hospital bed sheets by first week of October.

The main cause of the increasing incidences of climate related disasters is environmental degradation, especially wetlands degradation and tree cutting.

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