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9/14/2007

Uganda: Govt Abandons Flood Victims

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Uganda
HUMANITARIAN CRISES: URGENT RELIEF EFFORTS REQUESTED
The heavy rains in the past three weeks have unleashed floods across Teso, Lango and Acholi regions and wrecked havoc on the properties and lives of thousands of people in those regions. People's homes have been flooded and sometimes washed away just like their
food stores. Food crops in gardens have been inundated by the floods and are rotting away. Roads have been flooded and bridges washed away making movement of people, their livestock and properties impossible. The people are in desperate need of shelter, food, sanitation facilities, medical care, clothing etc. Instead of rushing to the northern and eastern regions of Uganda devastated by these floods to coordinate governments relief efforts, President Museveni has been in Luweero sounding war drums. The response of the government to the new catastrophe in northern and eastern Uganda has been slow, meagre, uncoordinated and visibly wanting. The Ministry for Disaster Preparedness has openly stated that it has no resources to attend to these disasters.

DEVASTATED REGIONS OF AFRICA
NIGERIA - almost every part of the country has suffered the effect of the flood, in A SCALE OF DESTRUCTION NEVER BEFORE EXPERIENCED. From Maiduguri to Maitama, Gombe to Ughelli, it was the same story of how flood sacked homes, communities, farmlands and claimed lives.

TOGO - Heavy rain has left 20 people dead and 58 injured in northern Togo. Non-stop rain for several days also washed away or damaged 22,000 huts, more than 100 bridges and 46 schools and colleges, along with 1,500 hectares of food crops, and made 34,000 people homeless.
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