About sh4.5b is needed to help people affected by the landslides in Bududa district, Uganda Red Cross says.
By JOHN AGABA AND NORAH MUTESI
About sh4.5b is needed to help people affected by the landslides in Bududa district, Uganda Red Cross has revealed.
URCS said the funds would help support the affected people, staying with host families, relatives and friends in districts: Sironko, Mbale, Manafwa, Kapchorwa, Bukwo, and Bulambuli.
"We have assessed their needs, one of the things they need is proper sanitation. Many of the host families don't have sufficient toilets. They are using makeshift toilets,' said Robert Ssebunya, URCS chairman during a press briefing to launch the appeal at the humanitarian's agency head office in Rubaga Thursday.
"We need to provide these people with sanitation kits, hygiene kits, latrine slabs, safe clean water, and as well sensitize them to prevent any disease outbreaks, like diarrhea and dysentery,' he added.
The Monday landslides swept about 14 households, displacing about 100.000 people. 18 people are feared to have been buried under the rubble. They include young children, men and women. So far no body has been retrieved.
URCS Secretary General Michael Richard Nataka said other needs included: shelter, essential household items, first aid kits and psychosocial services.
He added that the appeal would also cover digging kits, farming tools, construction materials, and seeds as well as blankets, buckets, jerry cans, plates, mosquito nets, cooking pots, mattresses and soap.
He said URCS had distributed some essential items to about 112 survivors but this was not enough. He commended MTN Uganda, who he said, had given them sh50m for the cause.
Uganda Red Cross Society seeks sh4.5b for Bududa