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Rising Lake Kyoga Waters Cut Off Ntimba Parish

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Swalleh Matovu Kakeeto, the Kawongo LC I Chairperson, says 200 people have relocated to unknown destinations and those remaining are starving after losing all their crops.
Residents crossing Bweyale village on a boat. The flooded area used to be the road connecting up to Kawongo landing site.

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Ntimba parish in Ggaliraya Sub County in Kayunga is cut off from the rest of the district because of the rising water level in Lake Kyoga. The parish comprises five villages of Ntimba, Kawongo landing site, Kyekidyo, Misozi and Namalere.

However, Ntimba, Misozi and Bweyale villages have been reclaimed by water displacing over 600 people. To access the parish, one uses a boat provided by Uganda National Roads Authority-UNRA for residents to sail a distance of about 4kilometers crossing through what was Bweyale village.

Ntimba primary school, the only school in the area, resident’s houses and grazing farms at Kyekidyo and Misozi and gardens among others are no more. Most of the affected persons have now moved to Kawongo where they have set up temporary structures.

Others have relocated to the Anglican and born again churches and friends’ homes. Swalleh Matovu Kakeeto, the Kawongo LC I Chairperson, says 200 people have relocated to unknown destinations and those remaining are starving after losing all their crops.

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Sophia Mutesi, a single mother of three children who is now occupying the LC I Chairperson's kitchen is scared for the safety of her children, saying they could be attacked by aquatic animals such as crocodiles and snakes that are also running away from the deep waters into residential areas.

 

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Proscovia Namande, the Chairperson Kawongo Health Center III is worried of the likely contagious disease in the area. She explains that so many latrines are submerged and may lead to contamination.  

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Tom Sserwanga, the Kayunga LC 5 Chairperson, says that they have advised residents to vacate the affected areas as they work with the government to relocate them to a secure location.

He says, specialists have warned that the water levels will continue rising because of the rising water level in Lake Victoria, which end up Lake Kyoga through Ssezibwa river.