Gov't Delivers Relief Food to Rubanda Flood Victims

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State Minister for Relief and Disaster Preparedness Musa Ecweru says that priority, in the distribution of relief food, was accorded to families that lost loved ones and those that sustained injuries in the tragedy. They received 300 kilograms of maize flour and 100 kilograms of maize flour respectively.

The office of the Prime Minister has delivered 250 bags of maize flour in aid of flood victims in the sub-counties of Muko and Bufundi in Rubanda district. Each bag contains 100 kilogrammes of flour.

The relief follows a heavy downpour that paralyzed the areas on Tuesday leading to landslides that claimed 17 lives in Nfasha trading centre, Kachereere Parish, Muko Sub County and Rwaseyeza village in Mugyera Parish, Bufundi Sub County.

14 other people sustained injuries during the landslides while eight are still missing. The floods also damaged over 50 houses and ravaged crop gardens.

State Minister for Relief and Disaster Preparedness Musa Ecweru says that priority, in the distribution of relief food, was accorded to families that lost loved ones and those that sustained injuries in the tragedy. They received 300 kilograms of maize flour and 100 kilograms of maize flour respectively.

Ecweru says that the rest of the flour will be distributed equally among displaced people and families hosting them.
 
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Rubanda District Chairperson Jogo Kenneth Biryabarema hailed the government for the timely intervention saying hundreds of the residents had been left with nothing to eat.

Rubanda District Woman Member of Parliament Prossy Mbabazi Begumisa says the government needs to provide additional food items like beans, Irish potatoes and maize seeds in support of the victims.
 
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In his response, Ecweru says the office of the Prime Minister will make sure that the affected residents get Irish potato and bean seeds for planning.
 
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This is the second time in less than two weeks that heavy rains are claiming lives in Rubanda district.

On September 13, floods swept away 38-year-old Annet Tugume, a resident of Rurembo cell, in Butare parish, Muko Sub County and Rev. Fr. Flugence Habarurema, a Priest at Mutolere Parish in Kabale Diocese.

Fr Habarurema passed away at Mutolere Hospital in Kisoro town where he had been rushed after being swept off his motorcycle by the floods while heading to Rubuguri Catholic Parish in Kisoro District for pastoral work.

On Sept 11, three children on oxygen lost their lives at Kisiizi hospital in Rukungiri district when floods ravaged the facility and destroyed the generator house. Floods also filled up the hospital compound, pediatric ward, medical ward, surgical ward, maternity ward, mortuary and church among other parts of the facility bringing services to a halt.

 

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Samuel Amanya
Samuel Amanya is the Kigezi Region URN bureau chief. Kabale, Kisoro, Kanungu and Rukungiri districts fall under his docket. Samuel Amanya has been a Uganda Radio Network reporter since August 2016. Before becoming a URN staff reporter, Amanya had written for the network for several years as a freelancer.


Amanya was also a Voice of Kigezi reporter from 2011 to 2016.


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