In July and August 2022, Kamutur sub-county Bukedea district was hit with floods after River Atari burst its banks and displaced more than 1,000 people, washed away 344 pit latrines and more than 12,000 gardens. In response to this disaster, Uganda Red Cross Society with support from the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent (IFRC) through the Dignified Identification in Migration (DIGID) project supported the affected families with cash transfers. Four groups with 15 vulnerable women each affected by the disaster received cash worth 250,000 Uganda shillings to support their families.
Juliet Apudet, the Chairperson of Tajar village in Bukedea said, “Uganda Red Cross Society is one of the agencies that the Office of the Prime Minister works with closely to mitigate, and manage disasters in this country. I am happy to note that whenever there are disasters in Bukedea, URCS is among the first entities on ground to support the district to conduct assessments, rescue the affected and save lives. Thank you and continue with the good work.”
“We are happy that no life was lost in this landslide because of the Early warning system that works through the structures URCS has set up in Bududa and the entire mountain Elgon region. We thank the district leadership and Office of the Prime Minister for appreciating our approach to community preparedness which is helping us to build resilient communities. Let’s continue strengthening the systems for a better response mechanism and stronger communities,” noted Doreen Atukunda, Project Officer DIGID project, URCS. “DIGID gives chance to beneficiaries to access humanitarian assistance even when they do not have identification.”