Paradise in peril.
As the world battles a pandemic large swaths of the African continent have been submerged by floods,this is the scene in the eastern Ugandan city of jinja along the shores of lake Victoria.
Since march flooding has left more than 400 people dead in east Africa.
In Uganda catholic relief services estimates that as many as 580 000 people are affected,from nice lakeshore homes in Kampala to small farms along the Kenya border.
And youre a smallholder farmer who normally benefits from farming on a riverbank,and suddenly theres this raging flash flood that comes down the hills and mountains,because of this very intense rainfall, you know, you lose everything.
In the town of Jinja radio host and environmental activist john Hillary,says flooding doesnt just destroy homes, it ruins the very fabric that holds society together.
The public hospital the only public hospital in the Chilean region,you know completely destroyed, so people as a result of the floods got sick,but they could not get anywhere else to go to,because the hospital had been destroyed.
De Huey says heavy rainfall is normal in east Africa.
What isnt is the frequency and intensity seen lately.
He says Uganda is facing a triple threat thats making it even harder for groups to help.
We have the low costs, we have all the floods,and then on top of everything else, we have go with 19,and so its been uh for the affected people.
Its been an especially hard year you know to be on the lockdown and be affected by floods,and then because of the lockdown, accessing the support and the relief that they are entitled to.
Hillary who has a radio show speaks often about climate change.
He grew up on a farm, so for him this is personal.
Over time we have noticed the tab because of what I think is negligence we have done,weve been involved in practices that have completely destroyed our rain cycle,our climate is deteriorating every other day.
Im only 26.
I have seen over time weather deteriorating.
I dont want to see the same for my children.
This he says is a living nightmare.
This is his home and he wants future generations to see its beauty too.
Anita Paul voa news Johannesburg