“The displaced people have been forced to congregate in makeshift camps with the risk of banding together exposing them to the possibility of contracting the virus.”
While government struggle to respond to new COVID-19 cases in East Africa, flooding has washed away hospitals, roads and bridges in Somalia and Uganda.
Around Mount Rwenzori in Western Uganda, more than 100,000 people have been forced to seek refuge in nearby schools after River Nyamwamba burst its banks.
In Kenya, Uganda, Somalia, Rwanda and Ethiopia hundreds of people have been killed by floodwaters which have also displaced hundreds of thousands across East Africa.
“There are wards which were completely washed away. The mortuary was swept away. You wouldn’t know that once upon a time there was a mortuary there. The drugs and drug stores were washed away.”
“What complicates the matter is that this is the era of COVID. People are expected to maintain social distance but how do you maintain distance in such a situation?” Julius Mucunguzi, spokesman for the prime minister’s office, said by telephone.
Kenya Health Ministry Chief Administrative Secretary Rashid Aman told a news conference; “This is compounding the COVID-19 response. The displaced people have been forced to congregate in makeshift camps with the risk of banding together exposing them to the possibility of contracting the virus.”
The United Nations Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs also expressed worry over the flooding which have displaced many people.