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Families Plead for Help As Floods Wreak Havoc in Pakwach District :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Families Plead for Help As Floods Wreak Havoc in Pakwach District

Derick Amulla, the Panyimur sub-county Community Development Officer (CDO) notes that, so far, 65 grass-thatched huts have been destroyed and submerged in water, and roofs of some primary schools swept off leaving pupils to study under trees and nearby churches.
Some of the flooded roads in Pakwach District (Courtesy Photo)

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Several families in Pakwach District are appealing for emergency intervention after floods submerged their areas.

Several homes have been destroyed and crops washed away after seasonal rivers burst their banks causing flooding. A number of livestock have also died while some roads in the district have also been cut off by the floods.

Derick Amulla, the Panyimur sub-county Community Development Officer (CDO) notes that, so far, 65 grass-thatched huts have been destroyed and submerged in water, and roofs of some primary schools swept off leaving pupils to study under trees and nearby churches. According to Amulla the most affected parishes are Boru, Marama, and Kivuje.

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Dina Namugaya, the councilor for Alwi Sub County and also the Secretary of Social Services for Pakwach district explains that most roads have become impassable roads as a result of floods. She further notes that a number of houses, and latrines have equally been destroyed.

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Edmond Okumu, the Panyango Sub County Chief explains that the heavy downpour has not spared Wadlai Irrigation Schemes and micro-irrigation projects in the area. Okumu expressed fears that with the devastation caused by floods, food shortage is imminent in the near future.

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But, Geoffrey Avola the Pakwach District Engineer blames the floods on the continued human activities along the rivers and roadsides that have affected the flow of rivers and running waters. He says people have created a lot of speedways for water leading to flooding and overflow on the roads.

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According to Moses Dalili, the Pakwach Chief Administrative Officer, the technical committee of the district is already compiling a report to be submitted to the Office of the Prime Minister seeking intervention. Dalili also says they are considering identifying a temporary relocation site for the most affected households as the rains continue.

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In September, the Uganda National Meteorological Authority (UNMA) issued a rainfall performance forecast indicating a likelihood of above-normal (enhanced) rainfall in several parts of the country for the period of September to December 2023.

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