Disaster Response in Uganda
There’s an overwhelming wave of trials hitting Uganda which are adding to the insurmountable struggles of lockdown. The latest is extreme flooding in Kasese, Western Uganda.
At the same time, MAF Uganda’s runway has been flooded from all of the rain which is causing Lake Victoria to swell to record levels which haven’t been seen since the 1920’s. Thankfully our emergency team and operations were given permission before the Kasese disaster happened, to fly two of our planes out to Entebbe airport to ensure we were ready for any emergency if the hangar becomes inaccessible, although work is ongoing to make every effort to keep the airstrip open.
It took a team of 5 engineers an entire day to tow the planes out across a newly built ramp and soft grass also with the help of a huge tractor offered kindly by the police hangar next door. Our team were able to do this before learning about Kasese’s flash floods on the same day which destroyed many homes and displaced thousands of people.
MAF Uganda program manager, Steve Forsyth reports, ‘The Office of the Prime Minister has set up a task force to address the emergency. With my permission Sam Baguma has been looking at how we can help respond to this disaster. He has been in touch with the Prime Minister’s Office Head of Disaster Response Task Force to offer our help for which they are grateful. We hope to be able to start flying much needed supplies over to Kasese on Monday. Please pray for our operations team as they make preparations, for the flight and Sam’s meeting with the task force on Monday.’
Although we have more obstacles in our way than ever before, this is such an important hour for MAF to be standing with the people of Uganda throughout this painful time.
Your prayers for this nation are invaluable and so appreciated. Also, MAF need your support more than ever in this uncertain time so that we can continue the work that we’ve been created to do when crisis’ hit. Please pray for MAF Uganda.
Jill Vine, MAF Uganda, May 2020.