NTOROKO- Leaders in Ntoroko District have asked government to find means of containing floods from River Semliki other than supplying relief items every year to the affected people in the western border district.
Every rainy season leaves Ntoroko soaked in floods, displacing hundreds of people and animals, destroying property and blocking roads for weeks.
Whenever River Semliki busts its banks, floods spill over to the wide and flat plains of Ntoroko.
Of recent, it has been observed that the volume of water is increasing each year as it is evident in the current situation where more than 5,000 people have been displaced.
The district chairperson, Mr Timothy Kyamanywa, told Vice President Edward Ssekandi and State minister for Disaster and Preparedness Musa Ecweru during a meeting in Rwebisengo Town Council on Tuesday: “We are tired of getting relief aid every year whenever the district is affected by floods, so find other means of stopping these floods because government is spending much to get relief aid for the affected people.”
Environment experts have observed that human activities upstream on River Semliki in Bundibugyo District are mainly the cause of the flooding downstream in Ntoroko. Mr Kyamanywa asked government to find other possible ways which are permanent in addressing the issue of annual floods.
“If government fails to stem the floods, it should identify another place in the country and relocate us because people have lost many properties,” said Mr Kyamanywa.
Mr Ssekandi said he would consult the President to seek a solution to the problem.
Mr Ecweru handed over an assortment of relief items to residents affected by floods.
SOURCE: Daily Monitor