An investigation into the design of emergency response temporary shelters for displaced persons due to natural disasters. (Kasese district)
Mayanja, Joshua Absolom
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Climate change has had significant impacts on numerous sectors in Uganda through different disasters. Beyond immediate effects such as loss of life, injury and displacement, the widespread destruction of property, livelihoods and infrastructure these have pushed back Uganda’s development and yet there is limited preparedness for handling environment related disasters. (Kajubi and Mukwaya, 2014) Famine, earthquakes, floods, landslides, epidemics, drought etc are some of the major disasters that have affected Uganda in the past. The magnitude of the disasters is more a result of our inadequate planning than a result of natural climatic/geological conditions. Disaster loss and damage is on the rise with grave consequences for the survival and livelihood of citizens. This, caused by changing demographics, technological and socio-economic conditions, unplanned urbanization, development within high-risk zones, under-development, environmental degradation, climate change, geological hazards, competition for scarce resources, increasingly threaten Uganda’s economy, and its population.