George Canopowonya, a farmer in Matidi Sub County in Kitgum district says the dry spell that commenced in mid-May has affected both cash and food crops that have reportedly failed to sprout and are withering at their critical production stage.
LAbout 539.3 hectares of the total 1,012 hectares of wetland in Kwania is already encroached on by residents. The leaders are also accusing LCI Chairpersons of frustrating efforts in the fight against encroachment on wetlands.
The study indicates that up to 44 per cent of households in rural areas now use solar photovoltaic (PV) connections up from only 21 per cent of the rural population that was using the same in the financial year 2016-17. Similarly, more households within the urban areas, are using solar power from 8 per cent in the financial year 2016/17 to 23 per cent last financial year.
Stephen Mugeni Wasike, the Busia district L.C.V chairman says that the project will help in steady supply of water and safeguarding lives of people against getting water borne diseases which are now common in fishing communities.
Chantal Mawazo, the Director general of Alimentations du Kivu (Food supplies of Kivu ) and promoter of the Foundation Amour pour Mon Pays et pour le Prochain (Love for My Country and for Neighbor), a non-government organization in DR Congo says that the economic consequences of the volcanic eruptions of Nyiragongo are incalculable.
The unexplained ailment has claimed more than 300 children and bedevilled over 3,000 others mostly in Omoro, Pader and Kitgum Districts. Currently, more than 175 children are receiving care for the nodding syndrome in Omoro, another 100 in Kitgum and more than 50 in Pader District. But the exact cause of the condition remains unknown.
The earthquakes followed the volcanic eruption of Mount Nyiragongo on May 22, 2021, which resulted in the death of 32 people and the displacement of more than 20,000 others. Since then, the neighbouring areas of Kibumba, Munugi, Buhene, Kibati, and Goma International Airport in Goma City were hit by a series of tremors.
Christopher Lukwiya, the Gulu City Electrical Engineer says from the last inventory they carried out few months ago, they found that 70 solar street lights were vandalized by unknown people and that because they lack equipment like crane lifter, generator and welding plant, they have not been able to repair them.
Halima Mukhwana, the Namisindwa sub-branch NWSC Manager, says the recent landslides that occurred about a week ago affected their entire infrastructure. She, however, says their teams on the ground to fix the problem and restore supply.
Hassan Mugenyi, the campaign focal person, says the Bugoma forest is a habitat for different wild animals, medicinal plants. He says that the destruction of the forest reserve has forced wild animals that used to settle in the forest to raid peoples’ gardens and homes in search of food.
On Tuesday evening, the Ministry of Communication and Media said in a tweet that the death toll now stands at 31. The ministry in a tweet indicates that the majority of the victims were killed by the lava while others suffocated from the toxic gas which emanates, in particular, from incandescent lava.