Heavy flooding displaces thousands in Uganda

By May 17, 2013

Uganda (MNN) — The bad news: heavy rains caused both the Nyamwamba and Nyamugasani Rivers to overflow this month. The good news: floods that have been ravaging various parts of Kasese district are receding now, according to Uganda Red Cross.

The May Day floods had displaced thousands of people after almost 1,000 homes were destroyed. 25 bridges and seven roads crumbled under the water pressure, and thousands of acres of food and cash crops were washed away. Transportation and communication remain difficult in some areas due to the flooding.

The displaced are now living in four camps where sanitation facilities are in a deplorable state. Red Cross staff are also concerned about waterborne disease outbreaks in the district since latrines in the affected areas had been washed away.

Compassion International has a widespread presence throughout Uganda. 94 children helped by Compassion Uganda were directly affected. Families' homes and gardens were damaged.
Maliba Child Development Center (UG-234), Kasese Child Development Center (UG-237), Kyarumba Child Development Center (UG-240) , and Rwesororo Child Center (UG-433) were affected. Damages have been reported for families at Muzahura Child Development Center (UG-236) and Kabatunda Child Development Center (UG-239); however, this information has not been confirmed yet. The affected families are receiving assistance.

Please pray for the families who have been affected. Please continue to pray for the Lord's protection and care of our Compassion-assisted families in Uganda.

Compassion Uganda will send update as more information is available.


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