The Chinese government has donated $50,000 to Uganda as emergency humanitarian assistance for families that have been affected by the recent floods and landslides.
The donation, delivered by China’s Ambassador to Uganda, Zheng Zhuqiang is intended as assistance to the government to help support communities through providing relief supplies to cope with the effects of multiple disasters that have hit several populations across the country.
“We notice with sadness that the recent flooding in Uganda has forced thousands of people into displacement and has destroyed many communities. At the same time, because of the COVID-19 pandemic and locusts, people affected by floods find it even hard to make a living,” Mr. Zheng stated.
Eng. Hillary Onek, the Minister for relief, disaster preparedness and refugees noted that the recent estimates show that over 300,000 people countrywide have been displaced, and lost livelihoods due to natural disasters. Western Uganda districts of Kasese, Bundibugyo and Ntoroko have seen over 100,000 people displaced by floods. A total of about 8 people died in Kasese and Bundibugyo district on May 5, when heavy rains caused several rivers to overflow.
China’s Ambassador to Uganda also noted that the two countries (Uganda and China) are battling similar experiences as China also faces severe flooding especially along the Yangtze River. He further noted that the funding was in reciprocation of Uganda’s support to China in the early stages of the pandemic and therefore a sign of goodwill between the two countries.
Hillary Onek, the Minister for relief, disaster preparedness and refugees, Grace Kwiyucwiny the state Minister for Northern Uganda, and Musa Ecweru the State Minister for relief and disaster preparedness received the donation in a press conference held on Tuesday 14th July at the office of the Prime Minister.