Thousands of people have been affected by flooding in Eastern Region of Uganda after days of heavy rainfall caused rivers to overflow.
Flooding struck in Butaleja District in Uganda’s Eastern Region from around 06 May 2021. Two days of heavy rain caused the Manafwa and Nakwasi rivers to burst their banks.
Homes were damaged, displacing or severely affecting thousands of residents. Crops have been destroyed and several roads blocked, disrupting transport and livelihoods. One person was missing, assumed dead.
A local official said this is some of the worst flooding seen in the area. The official said areas of 7 sub-counties in the district have been flooded and estimated as many as 15,000 families have been affected.
Meanwhile Uganda Red Cross also reported heavy rain and strong wind in Moroto district, Northern Region of Uganda on 07 May causing severe damage to houses.
Butalejja floods situation #today
Families displaced. Rapid assessment underway. @EmmanuelNtale @JoelKitutu taking lead in mapping affected areas and working out response plans. Kobbo tool activated @RCClimate @IFRCAfrica @IKEA @IFRC_DREF @ifrc @OPMUganda @opmdpm pic.twitter.com/AEA3SiSCBo
— Uganda Red Cross Soc (@UgandaRedCross) May 7, 2021
Heavy rains causing havoc in Moroto district, Tapac Sub County. Houses deroofed, walls cracked and weakened.@UgandaRedCross disaster response team on ground for rapid assessment.@JoelKitutu supporting mapping excercise for affected area, Kobbo collect tool activated.@IFRCAfrica pic.twitter.com/3z8A0fdNeE
— Irene Nakasiita (@inakasiita1) May 7, 2021