New floods strike parts of Africa, say aid workers

September 25, 2007 18:56


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Rescuers pulled patients from a deluged hospital Tuesday in Uganda - one of the worst hit of the 17 African countries stricken by floods in recent months. Over 100 patients were flown by military helicopter to other hospitals from Kalongo Hospital in northern Uganda, said Musa Ecweru, Uganda's minister of state for relief. He also said that in the same area, military helicopters were being used to rescue dozens of school children who have been cut off from their homes. "The situation is getting worse every day. Kalongo Hospital ... has been destroyed by floods," said Ecweru on the phone from eastern Uganda where he is supervising relief efforts. "All the wards of the hospital are flooded and some walls have collapsed." Elsewhere on the continent, new areas were being hit by floods as humanitarian workers struggled to help more than 1.5 million people already affected by more than two months of rain and rising floodwaters.

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