A SERIOUS water shortage has hit Moroto, a principal town in Uganda's Karamoja region, causing deaths and serious health problems.
This latest affliction will add to the problems already faced by Catholic aid agencies and others working for the relief of Uganda's severe problems of drought and malnutrition.
The problem began in February, when the town's water supply stopped. The situation is now critical, and entire families have left the town in search of water.
Private and government vehicles have travelled 20-30 miles in the search, and most schools and institutions have closed down.
The town has one serviceable borehole which has become the focal point of survival. People struggle for water there day and night, and armed security personnel are now in charge of serving out the water.
Uganda government officials have remained tight-lipped on the whole affair, though one official, who refused to be named, admitted to our correspondent in the area that an estimated 100 people have died so far.
More than 10,000 refugees from Uganda have entered Southern Sudan from Kaya and Jajo-Keji points in the past fortnight, said the general manager of the Uganda Refugees Project in Southern Sudan, Mr Arkanjelo Wanji.
Sudan now harbours more than 525,000 of the six million refugees in Africa.