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Bundibugyo Flood Victims Still Homeless

More than 1000 households in Bundibugyo are still waiting for assistance to rebuild their homes after floods destroyed their houses in July this year. The floods that followed a heavy down pour ravaged houses and crops in Ntontoro, Kisubba, Busaru and Ngamba sub counties leaving hundreds of people homeless. For Ntontoro, River Humya burst its banks making the flooding even severe.

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More than 1,000 households in Bundibugyo are still waiting for assistance to rebuild their homes after floods destroyed their houses in July. 

The floods that followed a heavy downpour ravaged houses and crops in Ntontoro, Kisubba, Busaru and Ngamba sub-counties leaving hundreds of people homeless. For Ntontoro, River Humya burst its banks making the flooding even severe.

In Kirumya village, Ntontoro sub-county where the situation was dire and trails of damage are vivid on first sight. Most of the structures in the area are wattle, some were washed away while others have been deserted.

Yoneki Zowa is a 78-year-old who stays with three of her grandchildren.  She is one of those whose house was washed away by the floods on that fateful. 

Zowa is one of those that received some relief from the office of the prime minister, which she says was not enough to sustain them since most of their crops had also been washed away. She appeals to government and other people of goodwill to offer them some support.

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Translation

“At the start our land was washed away, and then our house was also swept and even up to now the mudslides and floods are still disturbing us. It is miserable life; our lives are always at stake because any time we will be swept. We don’t have where to go, we ask government to come to our rescue.”

Anthony Kasumba Kakende is another resident of Kirumya village who was also severely affected by the floods. Kakende’s kitchen house fell down. Most of his items in the main house were also washed away.

The 65-year-old says, together with his seven other children, they now sleep on the floor for their beddings could not be traced after the floods. About five acres of both food and cash crops belonging to Kakende were also destroyed.

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For 32-year-old Edward Byamukama, the only alternative he had after the floods was to shift his family. Byamukama, who is a carpenter, is a breadwinner in a family of twenty that comprises of his mother, siblings and his six children.

The July floods left their three wattle houses on the verge of collapse. Byamukama says that he was compelled to shift his family to Burondo, about ten kilometres away from Kirumya.

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Byamukama also appeals to government to consider desilting river Humya which contributes heavily to the flooding in the area. During the rainy season, River Humya normally bursts its banks thus contributing heavily to the flooding in the area.

Ronald Mutegeki, the LCV Chairperson Bundibugyo says he has engaged UNRA to provide an excavator to help the district de-silt the river. Mutegeki says he has been promised that the excavator will be available in less than two weeks from now.

The district boss also revealed that they have engaged different stakeholders including humanitarian agencies to come to the rescue of the people.

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But Diana Tumuhimbise the Red Cross Branch Manager Bundibugyo says there is an urgent need to look at the health of the district.

Tumuhimbise says the flooding left the sanitation and hygiene, within the areas that were hit by the floods, bruised. 

Statistics at Red Cross indicate that 100 latrines were totally submerged by the floods while 400 others were left at the verge of collapse and unusable by the owners. This, he says, makes the district vulnerable to diseases like cholera, dysentery and diarrhoea.

She adds that most of the families are yet to rebuild their places of convenience.

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According to Tumuhimbise, the district is also at the risk of famine and abject poverty in some families since a lot of food and cash crops were destroyed during the flooding.

Tumuhimbise says more than 1082 households were affected with either their houses or plantations ravaged.

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