KAMPALA – Authorities and NGOs in Bundibugyo District have appealed to government for more humanitarian assistance as ongoing heavy rain continues to wreak havoc in the area.
By Sunday evening, at least 17 people had been confirmed dead after raging floods swept away their homes, with most bodies retrieved from trenches.
According to the manager of the Red Cross Bundibugyo branch, Ms Diana Tumuhimbise, about 4,000 people have been displaced and are currently staying in schools and churches.
“ It is a very devastating moment. We have deployed a Psycho Social Support team to offer emotional support to those affected,” she said.
The district police commander, Mr Swaibu Tsvangirai, said the search for more missing persons is ongoing.
Mr Ronald Mutegeki, the LC5 chairman, listed the most affected sub counties as Harugale, Tokwe, Kirumya,Ngamba, Bukonzo, Bubukwanga and Bundibugyo town council.
He said in some areas, mudslides have carried away huge swathes of land into rivers.
He asked people living in areas that are prone to floods and landslides to relocate to safe places and also revealed that the displaced locals are at the moment taking refuge at schools and churches.