The plan involves the planting of bamboo trees on the river banks and supporting the livelihoods of communities along the catchment area. The ministry will also install a flood forecasting and early warning system and do spot cleaning of the river.
Deo Kabagambe, one of the affected residents, says that a heavy tree fell on his house bringing part of it down. He was rescued by neighbours who quickly cut through the rubble to create a way for him to come out.
Alfred Okot Okidi, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Water and Environment, says that the early warning system will have three key components comprising a sensor placed in the river, a solar-powered siren and a Control centre.
The inter-ministerial committee has also recommended that the government fast tracks activities on cleaning and desilting of major rivers, as well as providing support to local enterprises affected by the disasters and the need to support the district disaster management committee.
Up to 289 of the families displaced by flooding remain camped in Muhokya Internally Displaced peoples camps while another 19 displaced this month are housed at Humanist school. There are also are 54 households still camped at Kyambogho Primary School and 51 others at Kathulhu Church of Uganda.
Now officials from the ministries of Environment, Energy, Disaster Preparedness and Works have travelled to the district for an on-spot visit which will form the basis of the action report. The teams are visiting Mubuku, Nyamwamba, Nyamugasani and Lhubiriha valley’s.
Nabbanja said that the items that included 1,000 mosquito nets and 1,000 blankets were substandard and not fit for human use. The nets were found to be very small in size while the blankets were too light. She also questioned the quality of beans that had been given to the flood victims, saying that they were equally not good for human consumption.
Prime Minister Robinah Nabbanja has now directed the ministers of Luwero- Rwenzori Affairs, ICT and national guidance and Members of Parliament from Kasese to identify land to resettle the affected persons.
The rains that started on Wednesday night brought panic amongst residents and area leaders as sections of Nyamwamba, Mubuku and Nyamugasani rivers also burst their banks. The road connecting Kasese municipality to Kilembe remains cut-off.
Taddeo Muhindo, a member of the District Disaster Management Committee hopes that once the government establishes a study, the findings would enable both the district and development partners to plan better for any future eventualities.