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Uganda, 6 November 2014: 16,597 displaced by floods in Ntoroko; OPM, UNICEF provide relief

6 November 2014, KAMPALA, Uganda – 16, 597 people (2, 423 households), half of them children under 18 years, have been displaced by the floods in Ntoroko district. Children and mothers are the most vulnerable groups among the affected.

The most affected communities are Bweramule sub county (7, 499), Butungama sub county (4, 765) Rwebisengo sub country 3, 912), Rwebisengo town council (421).

During the week, Vice President Rt. Hon. Edward Ssekandi and State Minister for Disaster Preparedness visited Ntoroko and delivered three trucks of food items. Government and partners have pledged more support towards the communities.

UNICEF has prepositioned emergency medical supplies including water purification tablets to health centers within the affected areas and essential household items. PACE Uganda has provided 40,000 purification tablets to the affected households.

According to the UNICEF situation analysis on post PLE and current update on Ntoroko, there is need for additional support to ensure those affected have access to basic relief items like medication, food, and shelter.

“Affected population still need more items like food, non-food items, mosquito nets, soap, tents and emergency medicines,” reads part of the assessment.

The district leadership calls on other development partners to support. Children and mothers, the most vulnerable groups among those affected are in dire need of more help even after the waters have dried up.

“People have lost their homes, all crops have been destroyed. The people of Ntoroko need support in all kinds in order for them to survive,” says a district representative.

UNICEF is still on the ground and will continue to work closely with the Government of Uganda and development partners to provide support to the affected households.

“UNICEF is committed to supporting communities affected by natural calamities such as these, and will continue to collaborate with the Government of Uganda and other partners to address the plight of those that have been rendered vulnerable in such situations,” says May Anyabolu, UNICEF Deputy Representative.

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UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere.

For more information, please contact:
Catherine Ntabadde, Communication Specialist, UNICEF Uganda, +256 772 629567, +256 703 729 567



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