After Drought, Floods Threaten to Bring Famine to Uganda

Locals receive food rations at a World Food Programme distribution site in Uganda. Photo by: Wayne Conradie / WFP

Previously, it was the drought; this time, floods are threatening to bring famine to Uganda.

As the East African country continues to be ravaged by a host of disasters — which apart from floods include hailstorms, landslides and health-related emergencies — its government has called a meeting with humanitarian agencies to discuss a sustainable response to the different disasters threatening the country.

The meeting, which will be held in the country’s capital, Kampala, on Sept. 2, will attempt to do “humanitarian profiling” to come up with an “inventory of what response needs to be undertaken and by whom.”

Mudslides and floods have killed more than 50 people last month, and more than 30,000 households lack food and shelter, the Ugandan Red Cross said.

The Food and Agricultural Organization has released “a lot of money” to the World Food Program to stock deliveries for hungry Ugandans, state disaster preparedness minister Musa Ecweru revealed. 

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