800 people affected by floods in SW Uganda

Members of Ugandan Red Cross carry a dead body after heavy rains caused landslides leaving 16 dead in Kampala, Uganda on December 08, 2019. (Photo by UGANDAN RED CROSS / HANDOUT/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
Members of the Ugandan Red Cross carry a dead body after heavy rains caused landslides in Kampala, Uganda on December 08, 2019. (Photo via Getty Images)

Torrential rains, floods and a mudslide have affected 800 people in three sub-counties in the western Ugandan district of Kisoro, a relief agency said on Thursday.

Uganda Red Cross Society (URCS) in an update about the Tuesday disaster said 800 people were affected with nine deaths reported in the sub-counties of Nyarusiza, Muramba and Bunagana.

“We have coordinated with the Office of Prime Minister who will also be sending more support in form of food and non-food relief to the affected communities,” the agency said after some non-relief items were given to the victims.

The statement said the relief items given to the victims so far will help them develop coping mechanisms.

URCS earlier said, after torrential rains, water flowed from Mount Mahabura downstream, sweeping many houses and causing destruction.

Uganda’s weather department on January 19 said that although December, January and February are generally characterized by sunny and dry conditions, some parts of the country were receiving off-season rains.