Mary Nakiru, a 13 years old female from Loputuk village said they struggle to burn charcoal or collect firewood depending on what’s in high demand and they take to a town that is about 10 kilometers away from the village to go for an exchange to get local brew residues as food.
John Bosco Akore, the secretary Kotido Elder’s Council told URN that the severe shortage of food has led to widespread malnutrition, which caused the death of 58 children and elderly people between May and June this year.
Anyakuni said that several activities against the forest cover are being done and the country has lost its forest cover to about 12.4 per cent down from 24 per cent in the 1990s noting that they are targeting to plant 14,000 trees daily.
Sam Ogwang Alunyu, the Kamdini Sub County LC III Chairperson told URN on Friday that the floods displaced over 3000 people and destroyed several community boreholes. He asked the government and other humanitarian organizations to come to their rescue.
Patrick Ejiku, the district disaster risk management committee chairperson of Serere says that a total of 4, 950 households have been affected by water across the district. He says that at least each of the eight sub-counties in the district is affected by floods especially in low lying areas like swamps.
Disaster Preparedness Minister of Eng. Hillary Onek Eng. Hillary Onek told URN that government has released 16 out of the 40 billion shillings and has already embarked on procurement of the relief items.