Support to IFRC Emergency Appeal for Flood-Affected Population in Uganda
Due to an early onset of the rainy season, compounded by unusually heavy rainfall between July
and mid-September 2007, extensive flooding occurred in various parts of north and eastern
Uganda. This was considered the most severe flooding to have occurred in over thirty years, affecting over 300,000 people. Hundreds of thousands of people mainly in the districts of Amuria, Katakwi, Bukedea and Sironko were affected by the extreme weather conditions with many of families enduring either prolonged isolation or displacement. During the flooding large areas of North Eastern Uganda were cut off from the rest of the country by the destruction of key infrastructure including roads and bridges.
There have been several major humanitarian consequences of the flooding on the affected population, a considerable part of whom were already considered extremely vulnerable beforehand: houses collapsed and damaged, large scale destruction of household food crops ( it is estimated that some 80% of subsistence crops were destroyed), destruction and contamination of water and sanitation systems and infrastructure.
The IFRC's local partner, the Uganda Red Cross Society (URCS), has been providing emergency support to the affected communities with the following key essential services:
-> Provision of clean drinking water and sanitation systems;
-> Essential Non Food Item (NFI) distributions;
-> Front line health and care outreach services including the running of a mobile clinic service; and
-> Early recovery activities designed to restore food security by the rapid distribution of seeds and
tools to farming families enabling them to plant crops in time for the next harvest season and
therefore reduce their dependency on external food aid.
In total the revised IFRC emergency appeal to which this project contributes seeks to assist a total of 125,000 beneficiaries over a period of 10 months.