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Heavy rains trigger landslides in Uganda, killing at least 15

Heavy rains trigger landslides in Uganda, killing at least 15

AT least 15 people died in western Uganda after their homes were buried in a landslide triggered by torrential rains, the Red Cross said, as emergency workers shovelled through mud in search of survivors. Most of those killed were women and children, Uganda Red Cross spokeswoman Irene Nakasita said in a statement. She said at least six people had been rescued and transferred to a nearby hospital, as she posted images of rescuers digging for others. Kasese district, where the disaster occurred, is prone to landslides, especially during the rainy season, because it sits in the foothills of the Rwenzori…
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Floods kill at least 24 in Uganda – Red Cross, govt officials

Floods kill at least 24 in Uganda – Red Cross, govt officials

FLOODS in parts of eastern Uganda resulting from torrential rains have killed at least 24 people, the government and Uganda Red Cross said. The flooding in parts of Bugisu, Mbale and Kapchorwa initially killed 10 people on Sunday, the state ministry in charge of relief, disaster preparedness and refugees in the Office of the Prime Minister said in a statement late on Sunday. But the death toll rose further on Monday. Uganda Red Cross spokesperson Irene Nakasita told reporters that so far rescuers had retrieved 21 bodies from Mbale and another three from Kapchorwa. She said a truck carrying relief…
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Floods kill 24 in Uganda – Red Cross, govt officials

Floods kill 24 in Uganda – Red Cross, govt officials

FLOODS in parts of eastern Uganda resulting from torrential rains have killed at least 24 people, the government and Uganda Red Cross said. The flooding in parts of Bugisu, Mbale and Kapchorwa initially killed 10 people on Sunday, the state ministry in charge of relief, disaster preparedness and refugees in the Office of the Prime Minister said in a statement late on Sunday. But the death toll rose further on Monday. Uganda Red Cross spokesperson Irene Nakasita told reporters that so far rescuers had retrieved 21 bodies from Mbale and another three from Kapchorwa. She said a truck carrying relief…
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Niger floods kill 51, drive thousands from their homes

Niger floods kill 51, drive thousands from their homes

SEVERE flooding in Niger this month has killed 51 people and destroyed thousands of homes after torrential rains caused rivers to burst their banks, authorities said on Monday. Floods are common during Niger’s rainy season, when overflowing rivers and streams sweep away homes and destroy crops. Since flooding started earlier in August, over 26,000 houses have collapsed, killing 37 people, while 14 others drowned, the ministry for humanitarian response said in a statement. President Mahamadou Issoufou visited District 5 of the capital Niamey on Monday, which had been flooded by the adjacent Niger River. Residents stood ankle-deep in brown water…
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Severe flooding in South Sudan displaces more than 600,000 – U.N.

Severe flooding in South Sudan displaces more than 600,000 – U.N.

DENIS DUMO  SEVERE flooding in South Sudan has forced more than 600,000 people to flee their homes since July, the United Nations said, after months of torrential rains caused the Nile to burst its banks. The impoverished East African nation is struggling to recover from a five-year civil war and was already suffering severe food shortages. Scientists say the unusual rains are caused by a cyclical weather pattern that has been exacerbated by climate change. The coronavirus pandemic is also complicating the response, said United Nations humanitarian coordinator for South Sudan Alain Noudéhou. Costs for delivering aid have risen with…
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