“I survived death narrowly from my house when the walls fell during heavy rain on Uhuru day. Since then, I have been sleeping in the office. I only cook food in that hollow structure because there’s no space in the office area”, the officer who preferred anonymity said.
A man jumps the flooded area to access CPS Kapelebyong offices.
Several police officers at Kapelebyong Central Police Station whose
houses were washed away
by heavy rains have converted their offices into accommodation space. Our reporter
visited the police station on Monday afternoon and found an officer taking a
nap in the detective’s room.
“I survived death narrowly from my house when the walls fell during heavy rain
on Uhuru day. Since then, I have been sleeping in the office. I only cook food
in that hollow structure because there’s no space in the office area”, the officer
who preferred anonymity said.
The officer revealed that four other colleagues share the same predicament with
him since their houses were also submerged. Some of the officers whose houses were
submerged have since relocated from the barracks into rented rooms in
Kapelebyong Town. The only officers left in the barracks are those living
in Police Uniports, whose grounds are a bit raised.
Water submerged the Police Office block forcing officers to wear gumboots to
access their offices. The pit latrines are now inaccessible. Officers with
children are now forced to use sanitary facilities in the neighbouring
Romeo Onek, the Kapelebyong District Police Commander, says he has communicated
to the relevant authorities for possible assistance since the situation is
worsening with the increasing rains. However, the situation isn’t unique to Kapelebyong
Police station alone.
At Kapelebyong HC1V, almost all the structures have been
submerged limiting access to pedestrians. Angella Akurut, the Kapelebyong Chief
Administrative Officer, says that they are now using boats to deliver
especially health services to the sub-counties of Okunguro, Acinga and parts of
Alito because of the poor road network caused by rains.
She notes that the situation is getting worse every time it
rains. “Currently, staff cannot access the new administrative block because the
road is impassable. As a new district, we don’t have road equipment to help fix
some of the roads for the communities to use”, she said.
Apart from Acinga Bridge where UNRA has improvised a boat to help people cross,
in Ajeleik Bridge, volunteers especially children have pitched camp around the
area to help carry people across at a cost.
The rains have also displaced more than 200 households across the district and
destroyed several crop gardens. Agnes
Atayo, a resident of Adepar Village in Acinga Sub County, says she is stuck
with seven children after rainwater washed away their house and destroyed their
Bureau Chief, Soroti
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