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Agago Locals Stare at Hunger As Floods Ravage Gardens

Omol says he lost three sacks of maize and two sacks of millet, which he had harvested recently and stored for family consumption. Omol notes that he is now stuck without food and shelter to accommodate his children, saying they are currently surviving on handouts from friends and relatives.
Several people in Parabongo Sub County in Agago district are stranded following a trail of destruction resulting from flooding. An estimated 200 grass-thatched huts and hundreds of hectares of crops have reportedly been submerged in floodwaters due to the heavy rains pounding the district, according to local leaders.   

The worst affected include Ongam East, Lelakale and Ongam villages, all in Parumu parish. Charles Omol, a father of eight children and resident of Ongam East village, says three of his grass-thatched huts collapsed following the heavy rains.    

Omol says he lost three sacks of maize and two sacks of millet, which he had harvested recently and stored for family consumption. Omol notes that he is now stuck without food and shelter to accommodate his children, saying they are currently surviving on handouts from friends and relatives.

John Ojera, another resident of Ongam village, says the rains also destroyed two of his huts a week ago forcing him to take shelter at a neighbour’s house with his family of five. Ojera says he lost all the foodstuff that he had stored in the house after the grass thatched huts collapsed. 

Parabongo Sub county LC 3 Chairperson, Stephen Ocan Apilas says he has written to district authorities seeking support for the affected families. He says close to 600 people are directly affected by the heavy rain that has been pouring in the region this month.

 

Leonard Ojok, the Agago LC 5 Chairperson told URN in an interview that the district disaster committee was still conducting an assessment on the damage caused by floods for emergency help. He however notes that the district has limited resources at its disposal and called for intervention of well-wishers.

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