Image: Heavy rains have totally changed the landscape of southern Chad. Lake Fitri has nearly doubled in size and the Batha River is running high.
Now twenty countries across Africa are suffering from the recent flooding, with Togo the latest to join them. Uganda is one of the worst hit. Uganda’s Minister for Disaster Relief, Francis Musa Ecweru, says that initially the government here did not anticipate the magnitude of the damage, but neither did the international community. “About 400,000 people are in very dire need of international help,” he said. “They are trapped and can only be reached by air. They need to be reached with food, medicine and clothing.”
The United Nations World Food Programme has made an urgent appeal for funds for Uganda, but says so far, it has not seen a penny. WFP country director Tesama Negash calls the lack of response puzzling and very worrying.
Life has never been this bad before, according to Pampas, a 76-year-old man, who remembers all the tough times of the past, including the devastating floods back in the 1960s. “This one has destroyed the houses and crops so we don’t know what to do,” he says. Minutes later, the heavens opened again, battering the sodden landscape. It is feared the floods could bring dysentery and cholera.
Water – the giver of life – is now threatening to take it away.
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Excellent Nasa images show the extent of these huge floods affecting many African countries where dust bowls have suddenly turned into flood zones. Nasa images.