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Wiyasuruku Hamdurukhamane, a resident of Lorikwor West village in Elegu town council, says people in the area are now defecating in the open or polythene and dump the waste in the stagnant wa
19 Nov 2020 10:31
Public toilets submerged and and several water sources contaminated by flood in Elegu - Photo by Dominic Ochola

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Local leaders and residents of Elegu Town Council in Amuru District are living in fear of the likely outbreak of disease due to stagnant water resulting from flooding.

Hundreds of pit latrines were submerged and water sources contaminated due to persistent flooding threatening lives of over 17,000 people at the Uganda – South Sudan boarder.

Stagnant water has persisted for the last three months, producing a foul odour and has become a breeding ground for mosquitoes that cause malaria and other germs. Health officials are worried about the likely outbreak of communicable and water-borne diseases.

Wiyasuruku Hamdurukhamane, a resident of Lorikwor West village in Elegu town council, says people in the area are now defecating in the open or polythene and dump the waste in the stagnant water.

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Ann Zain Mutonyi, the Lorikwor area LC 1 Vice Chairperson explains that already cases of malaria and typhoid are being reported among residents. The problem is being compounded by lack of a health center. The nearest facility - Biabia Health Centre III is 12km, away.




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Ivan Kakaire, an official with Ugandan Revenue Authority attached to the customs department explains that they are only living at God’s mercy after all the toilets and latrines were submerged by the floodwater.

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Robert Onekalit, the Medical Team leader in Elegu explains that the health team backed by volunteers from the Uganda Red Cross Society- URCS has been conducting risk communication to sensitize the masses to observe high levels of hygiene to safeguard themselves against health risks associated with the floods.

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Unprecedented flash floods have hit human settlement for 13 consecutive times since June as result of torrential rains that forced Unyama River; a tributary of Aswa River that joins River Nile in South Sudan burst its banks.

Already, over 600 households have been displaced and are living on the roadsides waiting for the floodwater levels to recede.

Last week, Government delivered 17.5 tonnes of food relief to support the flood-affected families but many have missed on it.