Uganda Flashfloods Kill 24

Severe rains in eastern Uganda caused floods that claimed the lives of at least 24 people.

In a tweet, Uganda’s Office of the Prime Minister confirmed the death toll adding that one of them was an Uganda People’s Defense Force (UPDF) soldier. 

Irene Nakasita, a spokeswoman for the Uganda Red Cross, told reporters that rescuers have pulled 21 remains from Mbale and an additional three from Kapchorwa.

The region has recently seen tremendous rains following a protracted drought that has left large swathes of the country dry and destroyed crops in fields.

According to a report by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), more than 300,000 people have been impacted by floods and landslides in the eastern Ugandan districts of Bududa and Sironko, as well as Bundibugyo in the western area. 

OCHA’s study also revealed that 65,000 individuals are thought to have been relocated due to flooding and landslides. 

Floods that destroyed homes in the Bududa district of the country’s east in 2018 resulted in more than 30 fatalities and a large number of displaced persons.

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