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Richard Odur, a resident of Abino A village in Muchora parish explains that living on the island is now a big challenge because there is only a small portion of land to dig and attending to medical emergencies is a great challenge.
Residents of Muchora parish arrive in Acii trading center on a boat

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Flash floods triggered by rising water levers in Lake Koyga have cut off two parishes in Amolatar District. The flooding has affected the 13 sub-counties in the district, submerging several roads and displacing people from their homes.  

Namasale, Nalubwoyo and Acii sub-counties are greatly affected. The floods have completely cut off Nalubwoyo and Muchora parishes in Nalubwoyo and Acii sub-counties respectively.

The parishes, which are home to over 5000 people are operating without basic services like clean water, health services and schools. To access them, one has to use a canoe, which charges between Shillings 500 and 1000 depending on the language one uses.  

Richard Odur, a resident of Abino A village in Muchora parish explains that living on the island is now a big challenge because there is only a small portion of land to dig and attending to medical emergencies is a great challenge. 

He wants the government to consider setting up a health centre and primary school within the parish to help their children.

Luo byte:

//Cue in: “Muchora tye ame…

     

Cue out: … nwongo lesson okato.”//

Other residents are worried that their children may not be able to report to school when schools reopen because the water is risky for children.

Voxpop luo.

//Cue out: “Icawani kwo tye…

 

Cue out: … cato dang pe.”//

Alfred Ochom, a resident of Nalubwoyo says the floods have greatly affected health service delivery because they cannot access Agwingiri HCII, which is much nearer compared to Amolatar HCIV that is about 10kms away.

Eng byte:

//Cue in: “Nalubwoyo was together…  

Cue out: … mothers don’t suffer.”//

Nekolina Abeja, a resident of Acopeyero village is now sharing a small hut with 12 children because their other houses are submerged by water. She says her biggest challenge is accommodation and food.

Luo byte:

//Cue in: “An pii obin…    

Cue out: … dwong kano atata.”//  

Geoffrey Ocen, the Amolatar District LC V chairperson has asked the government to prioritize the construction of health centres in the two parishes cut off by floods.

 

Eng byte:

//Cue in: “The people of Nalubwoyo…  

Cue out: … within Amolatar District.”//

 

Amolatar is a peninsular district and in the middle of Lake Kyoga. Kwania has been experiencing flooding for the last two years as a result of the rising water level of the lakes.

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