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Floodwaters Scoop up Gardens along L. Victoria Shoreline in Jinja

By this morning, a number of gardens and pig houses were floating on parts of the lake that are adjacent to Masese landing site, Rippon falls and Rock. The same villages are also threatened by the rising water levels which are seemingly threatening to guzzle the Lake Victoria shoreline.
Some of the gardens floating on L.Victoria.

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A heavy downpour has washed away gardens in areas neighbouring Lake Victoria in Jinja district.  

By this morning, a number of gardens and pig houses were floating on parts of the lake that are adjacent to Masese landing site, Rippon falls and Rock. The same villages are also threatened by the rising water levels which are seemingly threatening to guzzle the Lake Victoria shoreline. 

Community members attempted to harvest food from the floating gardens, and the piggeries, some claiming ownership of the gardens that had been washed away by floodwaters, while others were celebrating manna from heaven.  The ensuing scuffle prompted prison officers to use live bullets to disperse the community members in vain. 

Fishermen who live within communities at Masese and Rippon Landing Site told URN that it was erroneous for the prisons officers to stop people from harvesting food from the gardens because no one knew how they were uprooted and how they moved to the shoreline close to them.   

They added that the current lockdown has left them incapacitated, and many looked at the floating gardens as a God-given intervention to free them from starvation adding that the downpour that the uprooted gardens came as redemption to  households, as they continue to wait for relief food from the government. 

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Suleiman Dumba, a resident of Obote Way whose garden was carried away says that his means of survival have been shattered.  

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Meanwhile, John Walakira, a research scientist with National Fisheries Resources Research Institute-NAFRRI says that the lake is filling up and destroying all manmade projects along its’ shoreline as a result of uncontrolled human activity. 

On Sunday, several areas within Entebbe Municipality were also submerged by rising Lake Victoria water levels. The submerged areas included Banga beach, beach line along Manyago, Kitubulu villages and Serena Hotel Kigo. Others were Bugonga, Kigungu and Nakiwogo landing sites. 

In the aftermath, the Commissioner for Water Regulation and Management at the Ministry of Water, Dr Caliste Tindimugaya explained that the floods could get worse due to the rains and increasing inflows from mainly River Kagera and other rivers that pour water into Lake Victoria, with levels now returning to the 1964 record of 13 meters.   

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