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Acholi Districts Faulted for Not Reporting Disaster Cases

Grace Kwiyucwiny, the State Minister for Northern Uganda disclosed that the absence of reports hampers government from establishing financing mechanism and spending targets for disaster preparedness, mitigation and prevention.
The Minister of Disaster Preparedness and Refugees Eng. Hillary Onek Eng. Hillary Onek - Photo by Dominic Ochola

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Acholi districts have been criticized for failing to produce timely and consistent reports on natural disasters that have affected the region.

The sub-region which comprises of eight districts that include Gulu; Kitgum, Pader, Amuru, Nwoya, Lamwo, Agago and Omoro has been experiencing a wide range of calamities like livestock and crop disease, famine, wildfire, drought and floods.

As a result, the government has found it difficult to plan appropriate responses due to limited data from the leaders.

The State Minister for Northern Uganda, Grace Kwiyucwiny disclosed that the absence of reports hampers government from establishing financing mechanism and spending targets for disaster preparedness, mitigation and prevention.

Kwiyucwiny directed the affected districts to write to the Ministry of Disaster Preparedness, Relief and Refugees under Office of the Prime Minister - OPM and report all previous and current disaster cases.

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Charles Okumu, the Pader District CAO, the district disaster management committee has been inactive and is being revamped to carry out comprehensive disaster risk assessments.

   

Meanwhile, Churchill Olal, the Agago disaster management focal person explained that the district has carried out disaster vulnerability mapping and efforts are underway to report their findings to the line Ministry.  

The Minister of Disaster Preparedness and Refugees Eng. Hillary Onek Eng. Hillary Onek says that the Ministry for the last four years now relies on technology to map disasters because of the deceptive nature of district reports.

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Up to 3.5 million people in Acholi, Karamoja and the cattle corridor areas of Nakaseke and Nakasongola districts are at the verge of starvation due to severe dry weather conditions that have affected their harvest. 

The delayed rainfall between January and March 2019 caused crop failures and affected early planting in Acholi, Teso, Bukedi, Busoga and Karamoja sub-regions. 

On May 7, Cabinet approved the release of 40 billion shillings from the Contingencies Fund for emergency procurement of relief food to support households in dire need of food relief.

However, only 16 billion shillings has been released.