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Charles Ayisu, the Busamuzi Sub County LC 3 Chairperson expresses fear of starvation because most of their food crops were submerged. He appeals to government work out a quick remedy for people staying near the Lake Shores to avoid a crisis in the future.
A 70-year-old man outside his temporary wooden house flooded with water at Busamuzi landing site.

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About 400 residents of different islands in Buvuma district are the risk of contracting water borne disease because of occupying flooded houses. 

According to the local authorities, the floods were triggered by the increase in the water volume in Lake Victoria due to the high rainfall received last year.

  Buvuma District LC V Chairperson, Alex Mabiriizi, says most of the people affected by the flooding occupy temporary structures, which are easily affected by water.  

He says they have convinced the affected people to relocate to safe places but they are still hesitant.     

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Uganda Radio Network toured Busamuzi, Kirongo, and Buwooya landing site and found several residents occupying makeshift houses with water flowing underneath. Our reporter also saw about 20 business premises at Kirongo landing site abandoned.  

Deborah Nakaggwa, one of the affected residents, said they are not opposed to relocation but don’t have money to set up new structures. Teddy Nansereko, the Nkoka Village Women Secretary in Busamuzi Sub County and member of Village Health Team-VHT, says the number of children referred to health facilities with symptoms and signs of malaria and diarrhea for treatment has increased over the last two months. 

   

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  Charles Ayisu, the Busamuzi Sub County LC 3 Chairperson expresses fear of starvation because most of their food crops were submerged. He appeals to government work out a quick remedy for people staying near the Lake Shores to avoid a crisis in the future.  

 

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Matiya Wambi, a member of the Lake Management Committee says although the water levels are increasing at a very high speed, some residents stubbornly ignored their advice and constructed near the lake.  “We have always told these people that the lake had just dried up and they turned a deaf ear. Now they are finding hard time as the lake is reclaiming its spheres.” Wambi said.