President Yoweri Museveni will next week lead his Cabinet and Members of Parliament in a charity walk to raise money for more than 300,000 people affected by floods in northern and eastern Uganda.
The charity walk organized by the Teso Flood Relief Taskforce will take place on October 5th.
Spokesperson for the Teso Flood Relief Taskforce, Usuk County Member of Parliament Charles Oleny, says collection centers for relief items are being set up around Kampala to collect clothes, beddings, money and medicine from the public. He says it is hoped that the fundraising efforts will collect 120 billion shillings urgently needed to assist the flood victims.
The World Islamic Call Society in Uganda yesterday announced the donation of 17 tonnes of relief items to flood-affected communities in Kumi district.
The relief items worth 30 million shillings include 100 blankets, 100 boxes of assorted malaria drugs, 50 bags of sugar, 100 bags of rice, 100 bags of maize, 50 bales of second hand clothes, two tones of salt, washing and bathing soap and 18,000 water purifying tablets. They were handed over to the Woman Member of Parliament for Kumi, Agnes Egunyu at the Gaddhafi National Mosque in old Kampala.
The State Minister of Health, Emmanuel Otaala, who represented government, said that the drugs will help stave off the threat of water borne diseases and epidemics.
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