In 2019, water levels at Lake Albert went up submerging shorelines displacing more than 11000 people, and flooding infrastructure. The floods forced the victims into internally displaced camps of Rwenyana, Rwangara 1 and 2, Kamuga, and Kajweka camps in Butungama sub-county.
were displaced by floods in Ntoroko District have resettled in Kanara sub-county.
In 2019, water levels at
Lake Albert went up submerging shorelines displacing more than 11000 people, and
flooding infrastructure. The floods forced the victims into internally
displaced camps of Rwenyana, Rwangara 1 and 2, Kamuga, and Kajweka camps in
However, four years later, the water levels have decreased forcing residents to
resettle along the shorelines in Kanara Sub County.
Kasande a mother of six in Kamuga Parish says that she lost all her properties
when the water submerged the sub-county forcing her to seek refuge in Rwenyana
Kasande says she could not afford to continue paying 30,000 shillings rent fees
for a month on private land since she has no income-generating activity.
Itwe amaizi ganu …
Cue out :
abana nibarwara muno emiswija”//
Irumba, a resident of Kamuga parish in Kanara sub-county said after spending
three years in the camp, he opted to return to his home because he could not
afford to continue paying rent.
//Cue in: Enyikara eyahanu Katanga…
Cue out :
Rwaheru the LCI Chairperson of Kangozibwoha village says they had identified
land in Kangozibwoha village to relocate, but the failure by the government to avail
funds on time has left them without an option but to return to the sub-merged
area to rebuild a life.
//Cue in : Tukalengaho…
Cue out : ija osasule”//
Mujungu, the Kanara III Chairperson says
that many people have returned to Kanara Sub County, but lack shelter, latrines,
and health services.
During a visit to Ntoroko in October 2021, Prime Minister Robina Nabbanja pledged
to secure funds under the Disaster and Preparedness Ministry to purchase
land to resettle the affected communities.
Kasoro the Ntoroko LCV Chairperson says the government has several times rejected a
proposal by the District Council to have at least 8 square miles of Tooro-
Semuliki wild reserve gazetted to have the people in six camps relocated to a
safer place which is not too far away from the Lake, since it’s their only
source of livelihood.