MTN donates Bundibugyo floods
Secretary-General Red Cross Society, Robert Kwesiga who received the donation thanked MTN for the consistent humanitarian support towards Ugandans. Photo/MTN Uganda

MTN Uganda donates Shs31m relief funds to Bundibugyo floods victims

MTN supports Bundibugyo floods victims – The ongoing heavy rains in Uganda associated with floods and landslides particularly in Bundibugyo, Bugisu sub-region and Kampala city have claimed lives, submerged cocoa gardens, places of worship, houses, latrines and properties which left many people homeless.

As a result, MTN Uganda on Monday 16th/December/2019, donated Shs31m as relief aid to the families affected by Bundibugyo floods through its Corporate Social Responsibility arm, the MTN Foundation as it did earlier to the Bududa landslides victims.

The donated funds according to MTN is to support the affected families in purchasing non-food items like beddings, kitchen utensils and the likes.

The dummy cheque was handed over to officials of the Prime Minister and the Uganda Red Cross Society at MTN offices in Nyonyi gardens.

“The money shall be used to procure 100 relief kills to support 100 of the displaced families. The kits will include 2 jerry cans, 1 ladle, saucepans, 3 blankets, 6 cups, 6 plates, 3 mosquito nets, a plastic bag or box, tarpaulin, I kitchen knife,” the statement stated.

Wim Vanhelleputte, CEO MTN Uganda expressed their heartfelt sympathy to Bundibugyo floods victims and hoped that with the small support they have offered, the victims find joy and comfort.

“As MTN Uganda, we stand with the people of Bundibugyo who have suffered great loss in the recent floods. We understand that this is such a trying time for them and we hope that this little support we have rendered will offer them some comfort,” Vanhelleputte said.

MTN donates Bundibugyo floods
Secretary-General Red Cross Society, Robert Kwesiga who received the donation thanked MTN for the consistent humanitarian support towards Ugandans. Photo/MTN Uganda

Secretary-General Red Cross Society, Robert Kwesiga who received the donation thanked MTN for the consistent humanitarian support towards Ugandans, during disastrous times like this.

“MTN Uganda has been the one consistent company that has always come up to support the Uganda Red Cross Society efforts in providing humanitarian relief during disasters across Uganda,” Kwesiga said.

“MTN was with us just this June when there were landslides in Bududa, and once again they have joined us to provide relief to affected families in Bundibugyo. We are truly appreciative of this.”

Reports indicate that 800 people were displaced as a result of floods and currently living in churches including Busuru Catholic church and Kibale Catholic Church, while others find shelter in school buildings that include Izahura Primary School Kihoka Primary School and at relatives and neighbours’ houses.

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Two people were reportedly injured and admitted at Busaru Health Centre 111. While a total of 1,152 households made up of 6,768 people were affected by the floods, and 17 bodies retrieved by Uganda Red Cross Society so far.

A total of 12 sub-counties were adversely affected that includes; Sindila, Tokwe, Bundibugyo Town Council, Kisuuba, Krumya, Ntotoro, Busunga, Busaru, Ngite, Bubukwanga, Bukonzo, Halugare.

The situation is still life-threatening, worrying as many people are traumatised, on tension and stranded. They are not aware of what will happen next as heavy rains continue to fall.