By Spy Uganda
This morning several parts of the country have experienced heavy rains. In fact, some areas have received both heavy spots of rain characterised by strong wind and hailstorms.
In the Kibaale district, the rain lasted for over 6 hours and has left many families with adverse effects.
According to the Uganda Red Cross Society (URCS) emergency response team (community fast responders), over 200 households have hugely been affected by these rains.
URSC statistics reveal that 17 houses have been totally destroyed in Kyakazihire Subcounty, Kibaale district, acres of food crops destroyed in Musezero village, Nyundo Sub-County, in Kisoro district.
URSC further notes that other parts of Kisoro, Kagadi, Kibaale and Kakumiro are at risk since heavy rains continue as per predictions from Society’s mapping, the early warning system in coordination with the Uganda Meteorology centre.
Meanwhile, URSC via its spokesperson-Irene Nakasiita recommends that communities with destroyed food crops are at high risk of food insecurity and hunger in the near future thus requesting development partners & Govt to support the affected communities with relief food & non-food items to allow them to develop coping mechanisms.
“Wash (Water, Hygiene & Sanitation) needs to be addressed to mitigate disease outbreaks. This should take care of needs such as Open & broken water sources, latrines, dumping grounds and all faecal sludge management elements,” says Nakasiita.
Nakasiita adds that some families whose houses are completely destroyed are being housed by close relatives within the communities. However, the District Disaster Management Committees are activated to handle emerging issues at the district level in close coordination with Redcross and OPM.