At least 8 people have so far been reported in the Uganda South Sudan Border Town Council of Elegu since River Unyama
burst its banks and floods started covering the area three months ago.
Michael Otong, the Area Councilor for Loriko East Village of in Elegu town told Uganda Radio Network on Monday evening that the area started flooding in an early August with heavy downpour.
Otong revealed that 6 people died between August and September, one in October
and another in November with 700 people being displaced while 2000 acres of crops
which include beans, simsim, and sorghum were destroyed.
The dead include, James Otici aged 18 and James
Taku aged 15 who was a pupil in Palurinya Settlement Camp Primary School and
was discovered floating on the water last evening.
The locals only found parts of the late Laku which include
the head and chest while other part of his remains were eaten up by wild
animals and the water is suspected to have been infested with crocodiles and
hippopotamus according to the area councilor.
Meanwhile, 30 goats and 18 calves were similarly reportedly
swept away by the water and according to the local authorities, over 4,000
people in the area are prone to the outbreak of cholera since latrines in the
area have all been flooded.
Justine Acaye, a brother to the late James Taku says the deceased
attempted to flee from the floods but drowned and stuck in mud and was
discovered two days later dead.
William Obadia, the Representative of Traders in Elegu Town
Council has faulted the government for taking long to respond to the crisis
since the area was hit by the disaster in Mid August this year.
Michael Lakony, the Chairman Amuru District Local Government
says the District has no capacity to respond to the crisis.
Lakony explained that the District had reached agreement
with the Ministry of Water for creation of a diversion of the water
coming from Unyama Stream into River Nile.
“The government should take this as an emergency when we
have signed an agreement to improve on the area in the last two years but not
even feasibility study was done” Lakony added.
However, in 2019 Amuru District signed a deal of 1.9 billion
shillings with Trade Mark East Africa and Ministry Industry and Cooperative to
widen the banks of River Unyama to avert it bursting them.
Lucy Akello, the Woman Member of Parliament for Amuru
District has urged government to fulfill its pledge of long term planning in
the area persistently affected by the floods.
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However, since 2017 Elegu Township with 13,000 people has
suffered flooding every single year, and 4 people were similarly killed in a tragic incident of 2019 floods. The death toll has now risen to 12 in a period of two years.