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Red Cross seeks sh1.8bn for emergency interventions

By Julius Odeke

The Uganda Red Cross Society (URCS) is seeking for shs1.8b to provide emergency assistance to people affected by floods in Kasese District.

The appeal is targeting 18, 000 people (3, 000 households) in the flood affected areas.

According to URCS Secretary General Michael Richard Nataka, “The funds will cater for provision of shelter like tarpaulins and construction kits, essential household items and reviving livelihoods through provision of seeds and tool kits.”

He says the funds will also cater for water and sanitation campaign/awareness as well as provision of psychosocial support to the affected families.

In addition, URCS plans to further distribute water purification tablets to avert any risk of water borne diseases.

In Kasese, the Red Cross is working with the Office of Prime Minister and district authorities continue to manage the resettlement area at Kasese Primary School. By last evening, 3,108 people from Bulembia and Nyamwamba divisions (Kilembe area) had been registered at the primary school.

The Red Cross Action teams have been carrying out assessments and from the current figures, 19,161 people have been affected in the areas of Kilembe, Bulembya (4,996), Karusandara sub county (10,906), Kitswamba sub county (1,139), Kabarugira sib county (561), Bugoye sub county (76), Maliba sub county (1, 341) and Kyalumba sub county (142). Actual figures from Nyambwamba are being finalized.

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