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Kayunga Teachers, Health Workers Decry Difficulties of Working in Flooded Areas

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To access the parish, one uses a boat provided by Uganda National Roads Authority-UNRA for residents to sail a distance of about 4kilometers crossing through what used to be Bweyale village.
Some of the flooded houses.

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Teachers of Ntimba primary school and health workers at Kawongo Health Center III in Ggaliraya Sub County in Kayunga district have decried the challenges of working in flooded areas. Ntimba government primary school and Kawongo HCIII are located in Ntimba parish, which was completely cut off from the rest of the district by the rising water levels in Lake Kyoga two months back.



The two government institutions lack staff quarters. Both teachers and health workers are currently spending huge sums of money to cross from work in the flooded areas to their homes. Ntimba parish, which comprises Ntimba, Kawongo landing site, Kyekidyo, Misozi and Namalere villages has been reclaimed by water displacing over 600 people.  To access the parish, one uses a boat provided by Uganda National Roads Authority-UNRA for residents to sail a distance of about 4kilometers crossing through what used to be Bweyale village.


  Hellen Namiiro, a midwife at Kawongo HCIII, says they used to spend Shillings 2,000 on transport from their homes using Boda bodas but the fare has since doubled to 4,000 since they also have to pay using the boat. She says that when they miss the UNRA boat, they are forced to use private boats, which charge Shillings 5,000. She says the government should consider signing with them a new memorandum of understanding that involves hard to reach allowances.

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Esther Muwuliza, the Head Teacher Ntimba primary school notes that the situation has forced them to start staying at school where they sleep in class rooms. She wonders what will happen when all classes resume studies since they lack staff quarters.

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Beatrice Samanya, a resident of Kawongo village, says the community needs government’s support in terms of food supplies and accommodation facilities such as camping tents. Many residents have taken shelter in Anglican and born again churches and their friends’ homes.

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Kayunga District LC 5 Chairperson, Tom Sserwanga, says they laying strategies with the Chief Administrative Officer to improve the lives of the government workers in such areas.

“The situation is still alarming especially in parts surrounding Lake Kyoga where about 1500 families have been displaced. The district disaster management committee constantly updates the line ministry about the situation of our people, they have supported us with some food relief but still it is not enough. I appeal to other humanitarian bodies and people of good will to continue coming to our rescue” Sserwanga said.

He says residents are financially handicapped because their livestock and crops were destroyed by the floods. He says the sanitary and hygiene situations in the area are also worrying since the water sources and latrines were submerged.   

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