Homes were destroyed after floods in Eastern Region of Uganda, October 2019. Photo: Uganda Red Cross
More flooding has affected the Eastern Region of Uganda, leaving hundreds homeless. This is the third spate of flooding and rain-related disasters since June this year.
Heavy rain in Western Region last week destroyed homes and left at least 3 people dead in Kasese district.
Flooding in Eastern Region began around 18 October after a period of heavy rain. The situation was worsened by the overflowing Manafwa river.
According to the Uganda Red Cross, homes have been damaged and some completely destroyed affecting around 650 households in the district of Butaleja and around 300 households in Bulambuli. The districts of Bududa and Sironko have also been affected.
Irene Nakasiita, Spokesperson for Uganda Red Cross said flooding has left “roads cut off, bridges submerged, some washed away, over 100 houses collapsed, crops and other sources of livelihood destroyed.”
Deadly flooding and landslides hit Bulambuli district in August 2019. Earlier in the year at least 5 people died after heavy rain triggered landslides in Eastern Region in June.
Meanwhile in the country’s Western Region, local media reported that 3 people died after heavy rain in the district of Kasese on 13 October, 2019. Homes were destroyed leaving many families to take shelter in a church.
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Flooding began in early October 2019 in the Diffa Region of Niger. Photo: UNOCHA
Media in Niger, quoting officials from the Diffa Region, said the Komadougou river in Niger broke its banks in early October, forcing 23,000 people to flee their homes.
The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) in Niger warned on 18 October that levels of the Komadougou in Diffa were more than 60cm above alert stage.
Across the region crops, farmland and homes have suffered damage. Some villages on the outskirts of the city of Diffa have been completely submerged.
Flooding was seen in Niger as early as June this year, but worsened from September, severely affecting communities in the regions of Maradi, Zinder and Agadez, as well as Dosso and the capital Niamey.
In a statement of 10 September, government authorities said that that the ongoing floods had resulted in 57 deaths and affected 132,528 people.
By late September the situation had worsened further. UNOCHA reported (pdf) in late September that 16,375 houses had been destroyed and 211,000 people affected, in particular in the 3 regions of Zinder (80,534 people affected), Maradi (28,847) and Agadez (31,222).
UNOCHA said the worsening situation in September was mainly because of the heavy rains recorded in the Niger basin and the overloading of the dams containing waters in Burkina Faso and Mali.
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