Thousands of people displaced by floods resulting from the rising
Lake Albert water levels in Buliisa district have asked to be resettled.
For the last three months, floods from the rising water levels of
Lake Albert have ravaged several landing sites affecting more than 2000 people.
The floods have submerged houses, public facilities like Toilets,
Immigration offices and churches among others. Some of the affected persons are
currently sleeping out in the cold under trees, in churches and the nearby
The victims now want the government to acquire land and have them
resettled since the floods are not likely to end soon and could affect their livelihoods
for many years. The most affected landing sites are Wanseko, Katanga, Masaka,
in Kigwera sub-county, Kawaibanda, Butiaba, Boma, Kigangaizi, Tugombili and
Others are Bugoigo, Kamagongoro, Kigungu, Serule, Piida, Waisoki,
Triangle and Magali in Butiaba Sub-county, Kabolwa and Kigoya landing sites in
Barnabas Bagadira, a resident of Wanseko landing site says the current
situation is out of hands saying the government should acquire land and have
them resettled immediately.
//Cue in;”Amaiza gaka yizira…
Cue out:…Mujune Abataka aba.”//
Fred Ochaki a resident of Bugoigo landing site says flood victims
in the area should be resettled away from their current homes.
//cue in;”Kite mawatiye ko…
Cue out:…be ko tie.”//
Rogers Babyenda a resident of Kabolwa landing site says the government
should also provide them with necessities such as mobile health facilities,
toilets and clean water.
//cue in:” kandi tukusaba Gafumenti…
Cue out:…Village yaitu eno.”//
Roseline Nyangoma, a resident of Masaka landing site says the
Ministry for Disaster Preparedness, Management and Refugees should consider
placing mobile boats in areas affected by the floods to ease transportation of
relief food across the river into villages that cannot be reached by road.
//cue in:”Bandi be ceri…
Cue out:…Ku wona wona.”//
Dr Nelson Naisye, the Buliisa District Health officer-DHO says if
the conditions are not addressed, there could be an outbreak of diseases.
Agaba Kinene, the Buliisa LCV Chairperson says the destruction caused by the
floods is appalling and surprised that the government has not bothered to
assist the affected people.