The four-year project, code-named Innovation and Gender Sensitive Nature-Based Solutions for Resilience-NBS and Green jobs is implemented by WWF-Uganda in the districts of Kasese, Bundibugyo, Bunyangabu, Ntoroko, Kabarole and Rubirizi.
Anthony Bigambo whose land is affected greatly by the development, says that he was taken by surprise to find his garden submerged last week despite the fact that there was no rain in the area. The farmer says that he has lost gardens of cocoa and banana.
“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
Moses Kisabayi, a relative to Bwambale’s family says the minor was washed by running water while following her parents who had rushed to rescue property from their neighbor’s house that was on a verge of collapse following the heavy rains.
Cecilia Asiimwe, 80, is one of those who lost all their house hold property to the floods. Asiimwe who returned to her empty house in Busunga town, which borders R. Lamiya, says the family doesn’t have any food.
The State Minister for Disaster Preparedness Musa Ecweru who was in Kasese to assess the damage said the ministry had requested m the 222 Mountain Infantry Brigade of the UPDF to come in and aid in re-establishing key infrastructures that were destroyed. In the short run, the force will be desilting and re-organize Kilembe Mines Hospital.
Ronald Mutegeki, the Bundibugyo LC V Chairperson, says the District and local partners have offered what is within their means. He hopes that well-wishers and other partners can set a side something during this festive season for the flood victims both in camps and to those staying with friends and relatives.
Etienne Muhumuza, the Burondo Sub county LC V councilor, says it is unfortunate that while the entire globe is concentrating on afforestation, Semuliki National Park sanctioned the cutting down of trees from a district that has been grappling with effects of deforestation.
More than 1000 households in Bundibugyo are still waiting for assistance to rebuild their homes after floods destroyed their houses in July this year.
The floods that followed a heavy down pour ravaged houses and crops in Ntontoro, Kisubba, Busaru and Ngamba sub counties leaving hundreds of people homeless. For Ntontoro, River Humya burst its banks making the flooding even severe.
The cracks developed at Bubukwanga, just about six kilometers from Bundibugyo town. The construction of Fort-Portal Bundibugyo road was completed in 2013 with funding from the African Development Bank to the tune of Shillings 147 billion.