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Floods Destroy Hundreds of Pit Latrines in Elegu Town Council

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.

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Hundreds of pit latrines have been destroyed after floods submerged Elegu Town Council at the Uganda South Sudan Border in Amuru district.  

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 Cooperative.   

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.

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