The poor physical plan of landing sites in
Kalangala district, neglect and domestic violence have been singled out as the
main causes of fire outbreaks there.
This is contained in a new report by Uganda Red
Cross Society-URCS compiled between November 2017 and March 2019. The report
looked at fire outbreaks on Nkose, Lujaabwa, Nkese, Kyagalanyi, Kagoonya and
Kaazi-Bugaba among other landing sites.
The report notes that only Kasekulo
landing site in Mugoye Sub County has a viable physical plan with clear
boundaries. Ibrahim Ssenyonga, the URCS Kalangala Branch Manager released the
findings to residents of Kaazi Bugaba landing site in Bufumira Sub County on
He singled out domestic violence and irresponsibility among the
fishing communities as the main causes of fires on the landing sites.
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There have been more than 12 fires in Kalangala District in
the past one year. The outbreaks led to loss of property and huge sums of
money. Whenever there is a fire outbreak, most of the temporary structures on the
landing sites are reduced to ashes since they are located close to each other.
The temporary structures are made
of wood and grass, which easily catch fire. The Kalangala District LC V
Chairperson, Willy Lugoloobi suggested that all landing sites in the District
start developing a physical plan locally providing sufficient space to allow
for emergency services wherever there is need.