Heavy rains displace hundreds

Kampala-Several residents, and notably farmers, are counting losses as heavy rains continue to pound the country.

In several districts across the country, gardens have been flooded, roads damaged, and houses left water logged.

Several houses in Pader District have been washed away following the heavy downpour in the last three days. More than 100 homes have been destroyed, leaving the owners to seek shelter in institutions like schools and churches.

Several crops have also been destroyed, posing a threat of food insecurity in the area.

The most affected parishes are Aringa, Parwech, Laminajiko Apwo, Oret and Ogom. In these areas, locals are now in need of emergency food and turpline for temporary shelter.

Pader District chairperson Alfred Akena estimated that about 5,000 gardens have been affected so far and over 100 houses washed away.

“We are in fear that with the continuous rains, many people will still be displaced from their homes. We appeal to development partners to come to our rescue in helping the affected persons,” Mr Akena said.

Several roads in Nakaseke District have become impassable with delivery of perishable milk becoming a nightmare. The most affected sub-counties are Kinoni, Kinyogoga and Ngoma.

Kinoni-Rwensidizi- Lugogo road in Kinoni Sub-county is one of the most affected roads with some milk dealers claiming losses after they failed to transport the milk to the collecting centres in Ngoma and Kinyogoga areas.

“Milk trucks cannot go through this section of the road which is now flooded. Some of the road culverts have been washed away. Some of the milk dealers just abandon the milk after failing to go through this road section,” Mr Patrick Rwakashaija, the Kinoni Sub-county chairperson told the Daily Monitor on Tuesday.

The area LC III chairman Mazimasa Mr Massa Twaha urged the government to assist in their relocation to safer grounds until the floods recede.
By Cosmas James Okidi, Dan Wandera and David Mafabi


More than 2,000 people in Mazimasa, Kachonga, Himitu, Nampologoma, Namehere, Namulo and Doho sub-counties in Butaleja District have fled their homes as floods spewed by River Manafwa displaced them.

Schools, health centres and gardens were not spared.
Learning in many schools has also been disrupted as classrooms at Doho and Namehere primary schools are flooded and others turned into refugee centres.

When Daily Monitor visited the place, most homes in Tindi, Mukhuyu, Doho and Namulo villages had been deserted as most of the gardens, homes and latrine pits remained submerged in water, pausing great danger of disease outbreak.


SOURCE: Daily Monitor