By Mildred Nambi
The latest report by Uganda Red Cross Society indicates that the number of people affected by Kasese floods has now reached 25, 445.
The report indicates that the most urgent humanitarians needs are essential household items, food, hygiene and sanitation awareness, water purification tablets, tracing and psychosocial services and medical services.
The affected communities are from Bulembia division, Kilembe sub county, Nyamwamba division, Karusandara sub county, Kitswamba sub county, Kyabarungira sub county, Bugoye sub county, Maliba sub county and Kyalumba sub county.
Government and Kasese District have set up two temporary camps at Kasese and Bugoye primary schools.
At Kasese P.S 3, 878 people have been registered while at Bugoye Primary School there are 1, 341 people are registered. The two camps are now accommodating 5, 219.
Out of the 5, 219; 25 are pregnant women; 32 are breast feeding mothers; 2, 894 are children below 12 years
Uganda Police is helping to track water from Hima and then purify it using installed filters at Kasese Primary School camp.
Hygiene promotion sensitization sessions are being conducted by Red Cross volunteers in the two camps to reduce the risks of having outbreaks of diarrhea diseases.
The URCS report indicates that the people at the two camps cannot go back to their original homes as the houses were washed away or completely destroyed.
Water supply infrastructure in many villages was damaged hence there is limited access to clean drinking water
Many toilets were damaged and this has resulted in people not being able to use toilets. 817 latrines and one sewage treatment unit were completely destroyed.