The Town Council has a population of 17,000 people with more than 500 of them engaged in cross-border trade. They deal in general merchandise, agricultural produce, hardware, restaurants and supermarkets among others.
Dozens of housing units have collapsed while others are on the verge of collapsing. The displaced persons are currently living along the streets, open places and around the Kangole Catholic Church as they await government intervention. Some of the affected families are struggling to open channels for the water to flow out of their homes.
Kasim Akule, the LC I Chairperson of Lorikwo West Cell of Elegu explains that the floods destroyed homes, shops, restaurants and the only market and public toilet facilities following days of a heavy downpour.
Moses Kisabayi, a relative to Bwambale’s family says the minor was washed by running water while following her parents who had rushed to rescue property from their neighbor’s house that was on a verge of collapse following the heavy rains.
Floods resulting from heavy rains have cut off several roads in the new district of Rubanda. The most affected roads include Bugongi-Bwindi-Butambi-Kyokyezo road, Kyenyi-Rutooga road in Nyamweru Sub County, Nshanjare-Ndeego-Rutenga road in Ikumba sub county, Muko-Nshanjare-Kaara road, and Karungu-Nyamasizi-Kabuarara road in Hamurwa Sub County.
Fifteen houses and several crop gardens have been devastated by a heavy downpour in several villages of Muko Sub County in Rubanda District. The heavy rains that lasted for at least two hours started at around 01:00am.
Residents of Ntoroko district are crying out for help following floods that have ravaged the district. For the past two weeks, more than 1,000 families had been displaced by the floods after River Semiliki burst its banks. The displaced people are from the four sub counties of Bweramule, Butungama, Rwebisengo, and Kanara.
Flash floods in Gulu town have left more than 100 people homeless. The Thursday floods, which followed several hours of a heavy downpour, destroyed 28 homes in Holy Rosay sub-ward in Laro division. Many huts were also submerged.
At least eight Universal Primary Education schools in Nakasongola district did not open for the new school term on Monday due to lack of toilets. The schoolsâ€™ toilets were swept away by flash floods while others were filled up last year.
Bazonoona says the floods have washed away the bridges connecting to these roads making transportation of goods and services and passengers difficult. He says the flash floods have removed all the culverts which had just been installed along Mbilizi-Musubiro road and pushed them aside.