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Adjumani Flood Victims Starving

Early this month River Tete burst its banks and displaced residents in the two parishes of Arasi and Elegu, Arinyapi sub-county in Adjumani district. The floods destroyed food crops that were ready for harvest, carried away heads of cattle and submerged several grass-thatched houses.
More than 2,000 residents of Arinyapi sub-county in Adjumani district who were displaced by floods are facing starvation.

Early this month River Tete burst its banks and displaced residents in the two parishes of Arasi and Elegu, Arinyapi sub-county in Adjumani district.  The floods destroyed food crops that were ready for harvest, carried away heads of cattle and submerged several grass-thatched houses.


Dominic Seseseko, a resident of Madulu South village said the victims survive on one meal a day while others depend on good Samaritans for food.

Richard Aliriku, a resident of Olboo village said since the start of the year, it is the tenth time River Tete has burst its banks.  He said the displaced persons have taken refuge in the homes of friends and relatives.

Margaret Mungayo, another victim said she has started to ration the food in her store because she is not certain when the government would come to their rescue.

James Leku, the Adjumani LCV Chairperson, says that the 200 bags of maize flour and 100 bags of beans given to the displaced persons by office of the Prime Minister was a drop in an ocean.

He urged the central government to come to the rescue of the starving residents by providing them with more relief aid and early maturing seeds.

Adjumani Chief Administrative Officer Jack Byaruhanga, said they have reactivated the District Disaster Management Committee to support the affected residents to overcome the devastating impact of the flood.  He said the floods have also affected businesses in the area because bridges have been destroyed and several roads were cut off.

William Amanzuru, the environmental activist also the team leader of Friends of Zoka, said the floods in the area was expected because the locals have depleted the tree covers through illegal logging and commercial charcoal burning.

He said his organization is advocating for policy changes on sustainable use of natural resources.                      

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