The Health facility was in October last year submerged by floods from the rising Lake Albert water levels. It was then relocated to Butiaba Primary school as pupils were home due to COVID-19 Pandemic. Now with the return of the P6 pupils, the Health Centre III has to move again.
Kyaligonza says the Education authorities promised to avail the school with two tents and Mobile toilets but nothing has been done since last week yet the church where they are currently operating from isn’t sufficient for the 38 candidates.
“The floods have left the area devastated; crops gardens, houses were all destroyed, so it’s a tough time for both leaders and the community members," Jailesi Bisimo, the chairperson of Butogo II village in Kisuba Sub County said
More than 200 people in Luwalinga and Lamdogi cells in Central Division, parts of Pandwong and Pager Divisions were affected by the Wednesday night floods. They comprised of illegal settlers in the gazetted wetland along the river banks and those outside the wetland boundaries according to reports from local leaders.
Several fish ponds, nursery beds for trees, a residential house, vegetable and maize gardens near the river banks in Pager and Central Divisions have since been submerged. Margaret Lakidi, a fish farmer in Ayul B village in Pager Division says five of her fish ponds have been submerged.
The settlement area hosted brick makers more than 20-years ago before the municipal authority banned the activities allowing human settlement. But the previous activities had created a man-made valley that holds water for long hours even after a downpour.
The floods followed a heavy downpour that pounded the district last month when River Nyamwamba overflew at Bunyandiko in Kilembe Sub County submerging the low land areas of the district. The heavy rains also submerged acres of gardens, leaving behind silt composites as deep as 5 feet.
Bernard Mushime, a resident of Sooko parish, says the floods erupted after the water levels in the Crater Lake on the top of Muhavura swell affecting villages in the low areas neighboring Muramba Sub County.