Getting ready for my volunteering adventure is a trip in itself. The first thing I had to do was figure out where Uganda was. I guess I should have paid more attention in Geography class.
Uganda is in central Africa on the north shore of Lake Victoria. Many people who apparently know their geography better than I have told me what a beautiful country it is. The fruit, especially mangoes, is terrific.
Unfortunately, as I was working on this blog, I saw pictures of the horrible flooding and mudslides that have been happening recently.
Incessant heavy rain across Uganda has led to more flooding and landslides, killing at least 6 people in rain-related incidents since October 30. 4,500 people have been displaced, 950 houses and schools were damaged, as well as roads and bridges.
Flooding and mudslides are frequent events in Uganda. A Landslide in Rubanda Dstrct Nyarurambi Village in 2017 left 15 dead, 14 referred to to the hospital, and 8 people missing.
Homes and villages are often built on steep hillsides where the need for firewood has eliminated most of the trees. The alternating dry and rainy seasons are a natural formula for flash flooding and mudslides.
I will end this short blog here and continue on a lighter note another day.