Uganda: Officials say floods kill at least 24 people

The state ministry responsible for relief, disaster preparedness and refugees at the prime minister’s office said in a statement late on Sunday that floods in parts of Bugesu, Mbale and Kapchorwa initially killed 10 people on Sunday.

But the death toll rose further on Monday.

Ugandan Red Cross spokeswoman Irene Nakasita told reporters that rescuers have so far recovered 21 bodies from Mbale and three others from Kapshurwa.

She added that a truck carrying relief items was on its way to care for the displaced in the affected areas.

The torrential rains come right after a prolonged drought in large swathes of the country, which has dried up many areas and burned crops in the fields.

The eastern region of Uganda is prone to flooding after heavy rains, but the entire country is prone to natural disasters. Heavy rains have resulted in many deaths in the past. more than killed 30 people More people were displaced when homes were swept away by floods in the eastern Bododa region in 2018. Earlier in 2010, about 80 people were killed by severe landslides after torrential rains in Bododa, one of Uganda’s worst disasters in recent years.
More than 300,000 people have been affected by floods and landslides in Bododa and Sirunku districts – in eastern Uganda and Bundibugyo in the western region, according to a report by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. The report added that an estimated 65,000 people were displaced.

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