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Water Shortage Hits Bunambutye Resettlement Camp

For several months, the over 300 families living in the camp have been struggling to access water for domestic use and washing of hands, which is a measure to stop the spread of covid19.
Residents struggle to access water

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A severe water crisis has hit Bunambutye Resettlement camp in Bunambutye Sub County, Bulambuli district forcing several Internally Displaced Persons to flee the camp in search of water.

For several months, the over 300 families living in the camp have been struggling to access water for domestic use and washing of hands, which is a measure to stop the spread of covid19.   

The camp is supplied by water pumped from the underground through a solar pump. However, the solar-powered water system does not flow to the pipes after one of the main tanks burst months ago. 

The residents say that for about two months the camp has been facing water shortage scarcity and that the available source of water is unsafe for drinking and watering their crops. 

Fatuma Nandudu, one of the residents says that since the main tank that supplied water in the entire camp broke down, residents have been struggling to access water. She says that there is no alternative water source in the area.

According to Nandudu, families have to trek long distances to access water. 

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Ziria Sela, says that the lack of water has led to congestion at the dirty water sources which could expose them to contracting covid-19 because there is no social distancing. 

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Alice Namasobo and Masibo Yakovyi, both residents have asked the authorities to intervene and save them from the suffering.

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David Watasa, a member of the Local Council I committee says that the congestion at the water tank has exposed many residents to the covid19 infection. He says that recently one person in the camp tested positive for covid-19. 

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Peter Pak Pekes, the Bulambuli Resident District Commissioner says that the district is going through a financial crisis but they are working hard to fix the broken tanks.

The camp was set up by the Office of the Prime Minister for hundreds of households from the disaster-prone districts of Bududa, Manafwa, Sironko, Bulambuli, and Namisindwa.

The government has so far resettled about 300 families from landslide-prone districts within the Bugisu sub-region in 2019 and 2020.

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