Uganda – at Least 10 Killed in Catastrophic Floods in Eastern Region

Catastrophic flooding and landslides in the Eastern Region of Uganda have left at least 10 dead and hundreds homeless after heavy rain caused rivers to overflow.

Flooding in Mbale Uganda Late July 2022. Photo: Uganda Red Cross Society

Uganda Police Force said flooding and landslides struck following heavy rain on the slopes of Mount Elgon late on 30 July 2022. Areas of Mbale, Kapchorwa and Sironko Districts in Eastern Region have all been severely affected. Houses were submerged and crops and roads wiped out.

Uganda Red Cross said several rivers including the Nabuyonga and Namatala overflowed in in Mbale District. According to Uganda Police Force, the floods caused extensive property damage, especially in areas of Namakwekwe and areas of Mbale City where several vehicles and an unknown number of occupants were swept away.

Uganda National Roads Authority reported floods and mudslides had cut several roads including the Mbale—Nkokonjeru Road and the Mbale—Soroti Road.

As of 31 July, Uganda Red Cross reported 7 fatalities in Mbale and 3 in Kapchorwa. More are feared missing and the death toll is likely to rise.

Teams from the Red Cross are working with the community and district disaster management committees of the affected areas to support the victims. However, Red Cross said rescue efforts in some of the areas are futile since the roads are impassable.

Uganda’s Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. Nabbanja Robinah, visited Mbale to assess the damage.

Julius Mucunguzi, Advisor and Head of Communications at the Office of the Prime Minister, distributed aerial photos of the floods. “This is the sight around Mbale City following the heavy rains that caused several rivers, including Nabuyonga to overflow their banks causing deaths, displacement and destruction,” he said. Photo: Julius Mucunguzi
Floods in Mbale City, Uganda, July 2022. Photo: Uganda Police Force
Flood damage in Mbale Uganda, late July 2022. Photo: Uganda Red Cross Society

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