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Government to Resettle 3,500 Buliisa Flood Victims-PM Nabbanja

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On Sunday, the Prime Minister, Robinah Nabbanja met some of the flood victims at Butiaba and Wanseko landing sites in Buliisa district and assured them that the government will soon find land to resettle them.
Prime Minister Nabbanja at Wanseko landing site in Buliisa district assessing the extent of destruction caused by the floods.Photo by Emmanuel Okello.

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The government through the Office of the Prime Minister plans to resettle over 3,500 people displaced by floods in Buliisa district resulting from the rising water levels in Lake Albert. Floods have displaced thousands of people in Butiaba and Kigwera Sub counties and Butiaba town council in Buliisa district since March last year.  

The most affected people are from Wanseko, Katanga, Masaka landing sites in Kigwera Sub-county and Kawaibanda, Butiaba, Boma, Kigangaizi, Tugombili and Walukuba. Others are Bugoigo, Kamagongoro, Kigungu, Serule, Piida, Waisoki, Triangle and Magali in Butiaba sub-county, Kabolwa and Kigoya landing sites in Buliisa sub-county.     

      

To date, the flood victims are stuck in churches and schools where they took refuge while others sleep under trees as floods continue ravaging the area. On Sunday, the Prime Minister, Robinah Nabbanja met some of the flood victims at Butiaba and Wanseko landing sites in Buliisa district and assured them that the government will soon find land to resettle them.

She explained that the government is currently profiling all flood-affected persons in the district and draft a comprehensive plan for their resettlement.  

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She has tasked leaders in Buliisa district to work closely with her office to ensure that the resettlement plan is worked on. She however did not specify when and where OPM will resettle the flood victims.    

 Her office donated 137 bags of maize flour, 27 bags of beans, 845 tarpaulins, 217 plastic basins and 1245kg of sugar among others to the flood victims. She was however puzzled to learn that the earlier relief items sent by the government to the flood affected victims did not reach them.

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Norah Bigirwa, the Buliisa Woman MP says the flood victims have gone through untold suffering, arguing there is need for immediate government intervention to resettle them.

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Fred Lukumu, the Buliisa District LC 5 Chairperson, says that the only option is for the government to resettle the flood victims as soon as possible since most of them are still languishing under trees and sleeping in the cold. 

Moses Asaba, the Butiaba town Council LC 3 Chairperson expressed his excitement about the new initiative being undertaken by the government to resettle the flood victims. Joselyne Atuhura, one of the flood victims from Wanseko landing site, says that since March 2020 she has been sleeping in the cold together with her children since the floods completely submerged their home.    

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Herbert Lukumu, the Wanseko LC 1 Chairperson, says that the floods have displaced more than 1500 families in his area since March 2020. He, however, says that to date, the flood victims have not received any support.  

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