Twelve people have been swept away to their death by the floods in western Uganda, the Red Cross said on Saturday, December 7th.
"We have recovered 12 bodies from the water and one person has been rushed to hospital with serious injuries," said Diana Tumuhimbise, Red Cross branch manager in the Bundibugyo district.
The heavy showers started last night and continued until 9:00 a.m. local time (0600 GMT), she told AFP on Saturday, as the East African country is being hit by torrential rain.
Floods swept through more than 11 regions, Irene Nakasita, spokesperson for Uganda Red Cross Society, told Xinhua by telephone.
Several houses have been washed away, roads have been blocked, and some have been swept away completely.
The Red Cross has launched a search and rescue operation with the police, military, and community members in 12 flood-stricken areas, but the number of people missing is not clear yet.
Rain is hindering communication in the remote location adjacent to the border with DR Congo and separated from the rest of Uganda by the Rwenzori Mountains.
Reports said that at least 20 people have been killed as a result of floods and mudslides last week.
The extreme, windy weather is being caused by the Indian Ocean Dipole -- a climate system resulting from the difference in sea surface temperature between western and eastern areas of the ocean.