The United National High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) has Wednesday donated an assortment of relief items to over 1000 households in the eastern Mbale district, which were recently devastated by floods.
The items were handed over to the families at an event attended by Hon Grace Kwiyucwiny, the State Minister for Northern Uganda.
The items included blankets, shovels, tarpaulins and new clothes and are meant to support 1000 affected households.
Speaking at the hand over, Maksud Hossain, Assistant Rep for UN Uganda Operation said the refugees body was responding to an appeal for help which was made by Prime Minister Robinah Nabbanja.
The items include blankets, shovels, tarpaulins and new clothes
“We wish to appreciate President Yoweri Museveni, and government of Uganda for your generosity toward refugees in this country. The cooperation between government at all levels and UNHCR is a great foundation for the success of our work in Uganda,” he said.
“This has created an enabling environment for UNHCR to effectively support government to provide international protection and assistance to thousands of refugees from 12 countries and that is why we heeded the call of the Prime Minister for support from UN agencies to the government of Uganda when floods devastated the eastern districts of Mbale, where we would have otherwise not been operating or involved”
UNHCR donated the times following a request from the Prime Minister
Mr Hossein also called upon emergency technical teams “to ensure that these items reach the intended beneficiaries because failure to provide this support can be hugely damaging not only for the individuals but also for their families and societies”
On her part, Minister Kwiyucwiny said government is still committed to relocating families which remain in the floods and landslide prone areas in the East.”
“Mbale and nearby districts are particularly vulnerable to flooding deaths because many residents have built homes by river banks and in the rugged foothills of Mt Elgon,” she said.
“Although hundreds have responded to the government call to be relocated over the years, some continue to resist saying they are not comfortable to leave their ancestral lands”