The recent, worst floods on record in Kasese occurred on Labour Day causing utter devastation and massive loss of life loss of lives, livelihoods, property including crops and infrastructural damage. According to the Uganda Red Cross, the floods destroyed over 1000 houses, affecting almost 25, 445 people and left about 8 people dead in different villages.
Official detailed results on the impact from the tentative rapid assessment done by the Kasese District Disaster management team can be accessed on Kasese District website. The health of hundreds and thousands of people is at risk, with a high threat of water-borne diseases outbreaks, compounded by an immense damage to Kilembe Mines Hospital, the only hospital in Busongoro County.
The impact was greater involving closure of Kilembe Hospital, destruction of homesteads, roads, bridges, thousands of acres of food and cash crops, as well as business. In addition to destroying hundreds of latrines, the floods also destroyed the water supply systems delivering water to Kasese Municipality and washed away the gravity flow scheme that supplies to the various areas in the district.
The floodwater has receded with many affected people still remaining in emergency camps! The flood affected people are in desperate need of help. With your support, we can reach displaced people through;-
• Radio mobilization and sensitization on water, sanitation & hygiene practices.
• Provision of sanitary kits and menstrual hygiene education.
• Water purification tablets, water purification sachets (PUR) and portable water filters (hand pumps) to avert any risk of water borne diseases.
• Medical camps to offer assorted medicines & supplies (oral antibiotics, disinfectants, pain killers, oral rehydration salts).
• Construction of the destroyed classrooms and latrines in schools