Uganda. Floods kill at least 24, officials say

Floods in parts of Bugisu, Mbale and Kapchorwa initially killed 10 people on Sunday, the Ministry of State for Relief, Disaster Preparedness and Refugees in the Prime Minister’s Office said in a statement on Sunday.

But the death toll rose again on Monday.

Uganda Red Cross spokeswoman Irene Nakasita told reporters that so far rescuers have recovered 21 bodies in Mbale and three more in Kapchorwa.

She said a truck carrying relief supplies was on its way to help displaced people in the affected areas.

The torrential rains come on the heels of a prolonged drought across large swaths of the country that has left many areas parched and crops in fields scorched.

The eastern region of Uganda is prone to flooding after heavy rains, but the whole country is vulnerable to natural disasters. Intense rains have caused many deaths in the past. More … than 30 people were killed and many others displaced when floods washed away homes in the eastern district of Bududa in 2018. Earlier in 2010, about 80 people were killed heavy landslides after a torrential downpour in Bududa, one of Uganda’s worst disasters in recent years.
According to a report by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. Around 65,000 people have been displaced, the report adds.