Red Cross Wants Shs4.5bn To Save Lives In Bududa


website geneva;”>The funds will support communities who are already displaced and those staying in areas with evident cracks in the districts of Bududa, Sironko, Mbale, Manafwa, Kapchorwa, Bukwo, Bulambuli and Kween.

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The Uganda Red Cross Society will support the affected people who are staying with host families, relatives and friends in safer places within the districts. This is to enable them live a dignified life as they await for a durable solution that is being planned by the government.

Speaking at a press conference to launch the appeal Thursday, the humanitarian agency’s Chairperson Robert Ssebunya said:

“100, 000 is only a portion of the 400, 000 people estimated by government at high risk in the districts of Bududa, Sironko, Mbale, Manafwa, Kapchorwa, Bukwo, Bulambuli and Kween.”

“This appeal is in support of government’s request to development partners to supplement its effort in this cause,” he added.

The agency’s Secretary General Michael Richard Nataka told journalists that according to URCS in-depth and comprehensive assessments, the needs are shelter, essential household items, improved sanitation, first aid and psychosocial services and safe water.

Nataka said the appeal will cover shelter kits and tarpaulin sheeting to act as temporary shelter for the affected people.

Other areas of the appeal will include digging kits, farming tools, construction materials, seeds and tools.

At least 200 people were on Monday feared dead when a devastating land slide buried four villages of Bunakasala, Bunamulembwa, Mabaya and Walwanyi in Bumwalukani Parish,Bulucheke Sub County.

Government on Tuesday called off rescue plans in the landslide-stricken villages in Bududa district, saying there is no hope of finding any more survivors.

“We have called off rescue operations. The focus is on recovery of bodies, assessment of the needs of the displaced and provision of humanitarian assistance,” said Mallinga.

In a statement, Mallinga feared the landslides and floods buried about 29 homes with about 30 people.

“We cannot as of now establish the exact number of homes and people buried. Assessments are on-going to establish the exact numbers. 10 people have been rescued and admitted in Bududa Hospital,” he added.

The Red Cross appeal will also cover essential household kits, each containing blankets, buckets, jerrycans, plates, mosquito nets, cooking pots, mattresses and soap

Under sanitation, the plan is to provide sanitation tool kits, hygiene kits, latrine slabs in addition to aggressive awareness of the communities to prevent any disease outbreaks.

In Bududa, yesterday the Uganda Red Cross Society distributed essential household items to 112 survivors of the landslides.

In addition, they distributed food from Office of Prime Minister.

Each household received 12kgs of maize flour and 6kgs of beans.

On Wednesday, MTN Uganda, through the MTN Foundation, announced a contribution of Ushs 50 million towards re-settlement efforts for victims of the landslide in Bududa, Eastern Uganda.

MTN Chief Executive Officer, Mazen Mroue, said that the money would be handed to the Uganda Red Cross Society (URCS) to purchase Non-Food items for 312 of the 450 families affected by the landslide.

“Most of the programmes we get involved in are planned well in advance to ensure we make a significant, long-term, sustainable difference to the lives of the people involved. But sometimes we are faced with sudden, serious situations where we believe we can be of assistance,” said Mroue.

The MTN said: “Our partners, the Uganda Red Cross, have approached us with an explanation of the extent of the damage so far, and we must get involved. But we believe that all interventions aimed at improving the lives of people must be long-term and must be sustainable in nature, otherwise the cycle will always continue.”

Mroue called on other corporate organisations to step forward with ways of finding a long-lasting solution to the problem of landslides in Bududa.

“That is why, in addition to this, MTN Uganda – in partnership with Habitat for Humanity, is building 20 houses in Kiryandongo to re-settle some of the families who were affected by the landslides in 2010,” Mroue announced.

Receiving the contribution, Uganda Red Cross Secretary General Michael Richard Nataka commended MTN Uganda for consistently being the first corporate body to intervene whenever there is a disaster.


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