1 dead, 567 displaced in Mbale floods

Hon Hilary Onek is addressing the media about the impact of the current torrential rains has caused a lot of havoc in the country since April 2020.

The impact of the current torrential rains has caused a lot of havoc in the country since April 2020.

Due to heavy rains received currently, water levels have increased in all rivers and lakes in the country leading to floods and displacement of communities.

Some of the districts affected by this phenomenon include communities along the shores of lakes; like L. Albert that has affected the districts of Buliisa, Hoima, Kikuube, Kagadi and Ntoroko.

L. Kyoga also burst its banks, affecting and displacing communities in Nakasongola, Serere, Kaberamaido, Dokolo, Apac, Amolater, Kayunga and Buyende.

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Communities along L. Victoria are suffering the same fate. Communities in various districts surrounding L. Victoria have been displaced due to floods.

These include; Buikwe, Wakiso, with Bussi Islands. Entebbe particularly along the shores including Garuga and Mulungu in Busiro also experienced floods.

Kampala District has equally suffered floods especially communities along the shores of L. Victoria that include; Bukasa, Mutungo, Gaba, Munyonyo.

The heavy rains have led to disasters like floods, land & mud slides, water logging, disease outbreak among others.

In the mountainous areas of Elgon, the situation is appalling.

Heavy rains displaced people in Busaano sub county, Mbale district, the population now is close to 567 from 81 families.

This follows the landslide that killed one and destroyed property and houses.

Michael Mukhaali, aged 45 years, died after his house was completely destroyed and covered under the mud.

About seven villages were affected by the heavy rains and most soils developed cracks especially in Buwangwa Upper village, Buwangwa Lower village, Buwangwa Central village, Kiteka village, Nabikyenga village and Bufooto village.

Mothers and children were affected most with huge needs ranging from lack of warm clothes, food, and all basic needs for them to cope with the bad weather amidst displacement, most plantations were washed away and there is general fear among residents due to heavy rains which are continuing.

The situation continues to be tense in the entire Elgon, says Disaster Preparedness minister Hon Hilary Onek.



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