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.
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.
//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.
//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.
//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.
//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.
//Cue in: “The people of Nalubwoyo…
Cue out: … within Amolatar District.”//
Amolatar is a peninsular district and in the middle of Lake
has been experiencing flooding for the last two years as a result of the rising
water level of the lakes.