Cecilia Asiimwe, 80, is one of those who lost all their house hold property to the floods. Asiimwe who returned to her empty house in Busunga town, which borders R. Lamiya, says the family doesn’t have any food.
Over 5000 floods victims in Bundibugyo district
are living under appalling conditions following the closure of the Internally
Displaced People’s-IDP camps. The affected persons from 900 households mainly
from Busunga Sub County were displaced when River Lamiya at the Uganda-DR Congo
burst its banks in May and flooded their homes.
The most affected areas were people in Busunga
town council, Murungitanywa1, 2 and 3, Katoke, Kisenyi and kitumba villages.
The displaced were placed in the IDP camps in the neighboring Kirindi and
Bubukwanga Sub counties while others sought refuge in their relative’s homes.
Last week, Bundibugyo district
authorities resolved to close the camps and allow the flood victims to return to
their villages, saying they lack relief to support them. URN visited some of
the flood victims and established that most of them lack resources to rebuild
their homes. They also lack safe water.
Cecilia Asiimwe, 80, is one of those who lost all their house
hold property to the floods. Asiimwe who returned to her empty
house in Busunga town, which borders R. Lamiya, says the family doesn’t have
The victim, who is caring for ten grandchildren,
says she doesn’t have capital to resume her food vending business after using up
her capital when they were displaced by the floods.
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She told URN that she is currently under the
care of her daughter and grandchildren for food and shelter but hastens to add
that they are also struggling to find food for their families.
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Evalentino Tembo was forced to abandon his
rented room after failing to pay rent. He occupied the room after the floods
submerged his house, destroying all his household property and gardens.
single father of five has now opted to return to his dilapidated house to start
life again. Tembo says he can hardly provide food and other basic items
to his children.
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Julius Sunday says the area is threatened with
famine and object poverty as cocoa, which is their major cash crop begins to
dry due to water logging.
Charles Nguga, the area LC 1 Chairperson
Murungitanywa 1, says most of the affected residents have failed to occupy
their houses because they were weakened by floods.
He says this has faced many of
them to rent, seek refuge in their neighbor’s homes or erect temporary
structures in their compounds. Ngungu says political leaders have
abandoned the predicament of the community.
“The community lost
household properties and our most need is for the government to divert the
water to its original course and support communities restart life again.” Nguga
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Friday Kakwanga, the LC III chairman Busunga town council,
says the situation is dire and calls for government intervention through urgent
provision of relief food, mattresses, blankets, mosquito nets and clean
drinking water to the flood victims. He adds that most family heads
dot have resources to rebuild their homes.
Ronald Mutegeki, the Bundibugyo told LC V Chairperson told
URN that the district doesn’t have any relief or budget to cater the flood victims. Mutegeki
prays that government considers supporting the flood victims to re-establish
their homes and economic activities.
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Flooding has claimed about 18 lives and
destroyed hundreds of property in Bundibugyo district between 2019 and 2020.