Kasim Kasule, the local council chairperson for Elegu told URN on Sunday evening that more than one hundred pit latrines have been razed to ground due to the flooding, he added that over ten public toilets in the area have also been filled with water.
Hundreds of pit latrines have been destroyed after floods
submerged Elegu Town Council at the Uganda South Sudan Border in Amuru
The area was flooded after River Unyama, a tributary of the
Nile River burst its bank on Saturday night. By Sunday afternoon more water was
still flowing in the area.
Kasim Kasule, the local council chairperson for Elegu told
URN on Sunday evening that more than one hundred pit latrines have been razed
to ground due to the flooding. He added that over ten public toilets in the
area have also been filled with water.
He described Saturday`s flood as the worst ever that has
hit the area since 2017. Kasule said since the pit latrines are now flooded, adults have resorted to
using polythene bags while children are using open grounds.
He cried that this puts the lives of the people at great
risk of contracting diseases such as typhoid, dysentery and cholera
which are associated with poor hygiene and open defecation.
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Richard Omony, a businessman in the area described the
situation as sickening pointing that the area risks suffering disease outbreak.
Elegu Town Council is one of Uganda`s busiest border points
harboring more than 12,000 people from Uganda and other countries.
Michael Lakony, the Amuru District Chairperson says that the
district has no emergency funds nor budget to respond to the situation but will
only intensify awareness creation and healthy practices among the people.
He noted that the area will likely suffer a cholera outbreak
due to the recurrent floods that have left hundreds of pit latrines destroyed
and water sources contaminated.
Lakony blamed the government for negligence and failing to
speed the processes of creating a diversion of water coming from Unyama stream
into River Nile a year ago since the contract worth 1.9 billion shillings for the
works was signed with Trade Mark East Africa and Ministry of Industry and
Dr. Patrick Odong Olwedo, the Amuru District Health Officer
told URN that they are aware of the problems and are carrying out an assessment
on the magnitude of the damage so that it can be forwarded to the disaster
preparedness department in the Office of the Prime Minister for response.
He however urged the residents to practice healthy life
styles and regularly boil drinking water and food to reduce risks of infections.