Rain Across Africa Raises Risk of Disease
Violent rainfall and flash floods in Uganda have killed 150 people and sent hundreds homeless. The UN has issued a warning of the rising risk of disease in Africa due to the flooding. In Uganda alone, 150,000 are homeless and another 400,000 have lost their livelihood, mostly farmers whose land was ruined by flooding. The rain does not only affect Uganda, on the other side of the continent in Ghana whole towns are underwater and a quarter of a million people have forcefully been removed from their homes. The African government calls the flood "the worst flood in living memory". More than one million people spanning 17 countries have in some way been affected by these torrential downpours. Also, now more than ever, fresh drinking water is needed across the region.