22 C
Accra
Tuesday, August 4, 2020
No menu items!

Deadly flooding in Uganda kills at least 16

Must Read

[PHOTOS] : Akufo-Addo registers for new voters ID card

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on Monday 3rd August 2020, registered for the new voter ID Card, ahead of...

NSS urges end to politicisation of national service for newly-trained teachers

The National Service Scheme (NSS) has noted with utter dismay the National Democratic Congress' (NDC’s) consistent campaign of scraping...

Why soldiers were sent to Banda – GAF replies Asiedu Nketiah

The Ghana Armed Forces (GAF), has explained why it deplored military personnel to the Banda area for the last...

Deadly flooding in Uganda has claimed at least 16 lives, the Red Cross says, as the region reels from weeks of rain.

Rescuers have been recovering the bodies of victims swept to their deaths by the flash floods in the western Bundibugyo area, the aid group said.

Homes have been washed away and a number of roads blocked or destroyed.

Large parts of east Africa have suffered floods and landslides in recent weeks. Hundreds have died and millions have been displaced.

The events have been linked to an unusual weather phenomenon in the Indian Ocean.

Meanwhile, in Somalia, the authorities are trying to assess the damage caused by tropical storm Pawan, which brought wind and torrential rain to part of the northern coast on Saturday, cutting communications with the town of Eyl.

Heavy rain has been battering the country for weeks, and intensified overnight on Friday into Saturday.

Police, military, aid agencies and community members are assisting with search and rescue operations in more than a dozen affected areas.

Rain is hampering communications in the locations in the remote west of the country, AFP news agency reported.

The Red Cross said its volunteers continued to recover more bodies, including some trapped in cocoa trees in the Bundibugyo hills, describing the events as “devastating”.

Last week landslides caused by heavy rain claimed a number of lives in the east of the country.

Uganda’s disaster management agency has advised people not to walk, ride or drive across any flooded roads or bridges, and to keep away from river banks and steep slopes.

Somalia’s north-eastern Puntland state had been bracing for Cyclone Pawan, which was downgraded to a storm before it made landfall in an area already suffering the impact of recent high winds and flooding.

While officials are still assessing the damage, local reports said at least one person had died after a fishing boat capsized, while in the Eyl area, a child was reported to have died from exposure after houses and livestock were washed away.

Emergency rescue operations are reportedly under way in affected areas.

Heavy downpours have devastated parts of East Africa over the last two months, with the Horn of Africa seeing up to 300 per cent above average rainfall between October and mid-November, according to the Famine Early Warning Systems Network.

SourceBBC

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Latest News

[PHOTOS] : Akufo-Addo registers for new voters ID card

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on Monday 3rd August 2020, registered for the new voter ID Card, ahead of...

NSS urges end to politicisation of national service for newly-trained teachers

The National Service Scheme (NSS) has noted with utter dismay the National Democratic Congress' (NDC’s) consistent campaign of scraping National Service for newly-trained tertiary...

Why soldiers were sent to Banda – GAF replies Asiedu Nketiah

The Ghana Armed Forces (GAF), has explained why it deplored military personnel to the Banda area for the last phase of the mass voter’s...

New voters register to be ready by end of September – EC

The Electoral Commission (EC)  says the newly compiled voters register will be complete for the December 7 Presidential and Parliamentary Elections by the end...

GPRTU to enforce downward adjustment of transport fares

The Ghana Private Road Transport Union, GPRTU says it is aware that some of its members have refused to comply with the 10% reduction...

More Articles Like This