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Since October 2019, several districts in Uganda are affected by floods and landslides. The disaster impact is widespread, causing severe disruptions into infrastructure systems and access to basic services. Namely, roads infrastructures, especially bridges were severely damaged or destroyed causing interruption of transit and isolating several communities/villages. Houses have been destroyed or damaged; schools, health care facilities and equipment, water and sanitation infrastructure in different areas were destroyed and/or severely damaged causing disruptions in access to basic services. In rural areas, crops, plantations, and agriculture land were destroyed. In addition, the widespread floods and landslides across the country have affected thousands of people and with dozens of deaths recorded.
On other hand, the second round of locusts’ outbreak in Uganda occurred, as hopper bands and an increasing number of new swarm’s form in parts of east Africa region and spread to Uganda, is threatening Uganda’s food production. Karamoja, the already chronic food insecure sub region of Uganda is under attack from these locusts. This is feared to worsen the food insecurity situation in this sub region.
COVID-19 pandemic became another challenging hazard causing havoc within a country and causing a number economic and health disruptions. The fight against landslides, floods and locust is somehow hampered by the occurrence of COVID 19 which diverted attention of actors.
Since the occurrence of the aforesaid disasters, the Government of Uganda, humanitarian agencies, development partners, both national and international, have provided humanitarian relief and emergency assistance. United Nations Development Program (UNDP) have mobilized financial resources to support the Government of Uganda in assessing the disaster effects and impacts on human development, crisis response and recovery which allocation is expected to contribute to strengthen coordination mechanisms for response and recovery management.
UNDP recovery initiatives is being channeled through a UNDP/ Office of Prime Minister (OPM) projects titled “Emergency Response to Floods and Landslides 2019” and “Enhancing National Resilience to Multi-hazard Induced Disaster Risks”.