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9/22/2007

Floods plunge Uganda displaced in further misery

Photo: Aerial view of a flooded area taken 21 September 2007 in North-eastern Uganda, where hundreds of thousands of people are in need of emergency humanitarian assitance following record rainfalls and devastating floods.

ONGORO, Uganda (AFP) - Ongoro is usually one the driest parts of Uganda and Francis Egoliam was sure the rains would stop. But now his house has been swept away by floods and his camp has disappeared under water.

"It all started with lightning that killed three animals. We thought it was going to be simple, instead it started raining daily and our crops have been destroyed and our houses have collapsed," Egoliam says.

Unprecedented rainfalls and devastating floods have plunged hundreds of thousands of people into misery in Uganda, including many who had already been displaced by conflict.

The East African country is one of the worst affected by record downpours that have swept across at least 18 countries on the continent in recent weeks, leaving it to the mercy of disease and starvation.

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