KAMPALA, (Xinhua) --
Ongoing heavy rains in mountainous eastern Uganda
have left over 150,000 people homeless, a top government
official said on Friday.
minister of state for disaster preparedness and refugees, told
Xinhua in an interview that the people are now staying in
schools and churches in the low lands in fear of landslides that
have already occurred in some areas.
“They are displaced
because while the landslide has happened, the crack that has
been witnessed over the years on Mountain Elgon seems to be
widening and that presents a very big worry to the community,”
Wednesday evening occurred in Manafwa district, ravaging five
villages, and leaving crops, livestock and houses destroyed.
A similar landslide
occurred in neighboring Bududa district also destroying crops
and property about two weeks ago.
“The community has
to be removed from all possible danger on the slopes and taken
to areas which are relatively safe even if it means putting them
in some kind of a camp for a time being as we plan how to
resettle them,” Ecweru added.
He said government
is working with humanitarian agencies to provide relief aid to
the displaced families.
“We are also
conscious of the fact that putting people together can
compromise sanitation and present a possibility of cholera,” he
“We are working with
Directors of District Health Services to ensure that communities
which are displaced if it is possible are absorbed within the
host families and then we support them from there.”
According to the
meteorological department, the torrential rains will subside mid
The Mountain Elgon
ranges have experienced a spate of landslides. In March 2010, a
major landslide occurred in Bududa, killing at least 200 people
and leaving thousands of others homeless.
China donates emergency food
aid worth U.S. five million dollars to Uganda
KAMPALA Uganda (Xinhua) --
China on Friday donated emergency food aid worth
5 million U.S. dollars to Uganda to support World Food Program (WFP)
projects in the semi-arid northeastern region also known as
Handing over the
food aid to Uganda at the WFP warehouse, Zheng Zhuqiang, Chinese
Ambassador to Uganda said the money was got from the South-South
Cooperation Fund and will benefit vulnerable women, children
below the age of two years and school going children.
He said the
emergency food aid project is also an important part of the
implementation of the cooperation initiatives announced in the
Forum on China Africa Cooperation summit held in 2015 in South
El Khidir Daloum,
WFP Country Director said the relief food which will last 10
months will enable over 130,000 children have two meals a day at
school instead of one and they will be encouraged to attend and
concentrate better in their classes.
Daloum said over
96,000 women and children will receive nutritional fortified
food that will cure acute malnutrition or prevent stunting, a
damaging condition that affects more than a third of young
children in Karamoja.
is very timely and critical for WFP, as we were facing funding
shortages for nutrition and school feeding activities in
Karamoja. Last year we had to reduce the number of school meals
from two to one,” he said.
minister of state for disaster preparedness and refugees, said
that over the last six decades, Karamoja which has faced long
dry spells has depended on food aid.
He said government
is working with partners to ensure that the region is food
Five killed, four
injured in road accident in midwestern Uganda
KAMPALA Uganda (Xinhua) --
At least five people were killed and four others
critically injured in a Saturday night road accident in the
midwestern Ugandan district of Kiryandongo, a police
spokesperson said here on Sunday.
Uganda’s deputy police spokesperson, told Xinhua in an interview
that three people died on spot and two others later passed on in
He said the fatal
accident occurred after a driver of a commuter passenger taxi
rammed into a stationary trailer truck that had broken down at
Chepelwo trading center, along the Gulu-Kampala Highway.
“The cause of the
accident is reckless driving on the side of the commuter taxi
driver. He rammed into a stationary truck,” said Onyango.
The injured victims
and bodies of the deceased were taken to Kiryandongo Hospital
for treatment and postmortem respectively.
The East African
country registers at least 20,000 accidents with over 2,000
deaths each year, making it one of the countries with the
highest road accident fatality rates in the world, according to