According to the National Environment Management Authority-NEMA, the Buffer Zone, an area of land preserved for environment protection, is estimated to cover 200 meters from a shoreline of a wetland or any water body.
Stephen Okello, a resident of Kanyagoga sub ward in Bardege Division of Gulu Municipality says that that bars in the area play music to unbearable levels especially at night interfering with their right to sleep.
The rains also swept away Nyakasandara Bridge that connects Bincon and Katugo to Hanga Market paralyzing transport in the area. This has forced several residents to stay home since the only bridge that connects to the nearby Kitemba Primary school was washed away.
Sam Apedel, Spokesperson National Water and Sewerage Cooperation, says government is planning to construct a sewer line that connects to Victoria Mall to transport sewerage to a treatment facility so as to effectively manage the sewerage problem at the mall.
Etienne Muhumuza, the Burondo Sub county LC V councilor, says it is unfortunate that while the entire globe is concentrating on afforestation, Semuliki National Park sanctioned the cutting down of trees from a district that has been grappling with effects of deforestation.