Kampala, 13 May, 2020 / 1:45 am (ACI Africa).
Following the heavy rains being experienced in the East African nation of Uganda, an official of Malteser International (MI), the worldwide relief agency of the Rome-based Catholic Lay Religious Order of Malta, has warned that the resulting floods are a threat to COVID-19 response in the affected region.
Floods in the Kasese region located in western Uganda have left an estimated 30,000 people homeless. According to MI leadership in the country, the disaster is the worst of its kind to hit the region in the last 50 years.
“This disaster is threatening to have major implications for the COVID-19 response in the community,” MI's Technical Coordinator in Uganda, Laura Beutler has been quoted as saying.
The official has added, “Those displaced have been forced to seek refuge in makeshift shelters where social distancing is practically impossible. The risk of COVID-19 spreading there is now high.”
To reduce the risk of the virus spreading among the displaced people, plans are underway for the leadership of the 60-year-old agency to facilitate daily access to clean water to at least 1,000 affected people.