Over 1400 people who were affected by floods have recieved relief non food items from Uganda RedCross Society.
Majority of the beneficiaries were women, children, the elderly and differently abled people who are considered highly vulnerable.
Each family recieved a non food relief item Kit composed of 1 Tarpaulin 2 Blankets, 2 Mosquito nets, 2 Jerricans, 2 Cooking pots, 6 Silver plates, 5 Silver cups, 1 Serving spoon, 1 knife, 2 Mats and 2 Bars of soap, among other key essential household items.
Uganda Redcross partners with other agencies in disaster response to complement efforts and synergies in meeting the needs of the people.
Different disaster centres have been established and stocked in different regional districts to support emergencies and enable quick response.
As such, ECHO has supported one Uganda Redcross emergency centre based in Fort Portal through offering relief stock which has been activated to support this response in Ntoroko – Kanara town Council.
While addressing the affected communities today, Uganda Redcross Secretary General Robert Kwesiga appreciated partners working with the Redcross and expressed concern about the magnitude of the need in Ntoroko, calling upon different government line ministries to come in and boost the response through relocating the affected families.
“This problem of water is too big and cannot be solved by just giving out relief. We have given kits that can enable these families to develop coping mechanisms. We hope to scale this emergency response by coming in to quickly address the WASH needs on ground to avoid any disease outbreaks. However, Government should relocate these people because this water is likely to stay for a longer period of time.” Kwesiga said.
The most critical needs of the people include access to clean and safe water, food, access to latrine facilities, medical services, psychosocial support among other critical life saving services.
Uganda Redcross works closely with the Government through the office of the Prime Minister, Disater Preparedness and Management directorate and commits to continue looking for more resources to support the people in Ntoroko and other areas affected by disasters.
The district assistant CAO Bonus Twijukye appreciated Uganda Uganda RedCross for coming in to support the affected families and called upon other partners to also emulate the Redcross and offer any help they can.
“This is very well appreciated Redcross. We thank you and pray that you continue supporting our efforts as usual.” Twijukye said.
Over 1000 families have been displaced by the floods. Locals say this condition ever happened in this area in 1963 and water took 4 years to subside.