Up to 289 of the families displaced by flooding remain camped in Muhokya Internally Displaced peoples camps while another 19 displaced this month are housed at Humanist school. There are also are 54 households still camped at Kyambogho Primary School and 51 others at Kathulhu Church of Uganda.
Legislators from Busongora County in Kasese District are asking the government to
consider extending financial assistance to persons who have been
displaced by floods. They argue that the communities are in dire need of
financial relief after losing their crop gardens, a key source of food and income for them.
Up to 289 of the families displaced by flooding remain camped in Muhokya Internally Displaced peoples camps while another 19 displaced this month are housed
at Humanist school. There are also are 54 households still camped at Kyambogho Primary School and 51 others at Kathulhu Church of Uganda.
Micheal Adrian, 81, one of the affected persons says he can no longer provide for his three grandchildren with whom they are in urgent need of shelter and utensils that are not
being provided for by the government under its relief aid.
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Natukunda, another elder from Karusandara Sub-County who lost her banana and sugarcane plantation is also calling for financial assistance. She says that her attempts to get money from the government
programs have been frustrated by area leaders who asked her to pay for the registration.
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the Busongora North Member of Parliament says that even the few agricultural products produced by the affected
communities have no market due to the effects of the COVID-19 lockdown which left several people desperate. He says that it’s important that the government provides financial assistance to affected families.
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His counterpart Gideon Mujungi from Busongora South constituency says
his area largely depends on agriculture, yet many gardens were destroyed by the flooding and farmers can hardly recover on their own.
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Mujungu also appeals to the government to establish a unit that
would oversee the desilting of major rivers in the district as a long term
intervention to mitigate flooding.
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Kasese District Chairman Eliphaz Muhinci observes a need for a comprehensive study on the nature of the big rivers
in the district to come up with an everlasting solution. He says they have presented flood victims concerns to
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Prime Minister Robinah Nabbanja this week directed the
relevant ministries including that of Works and Mineral Development to jointly come up with a comprehensive report that will guide
the government on a plan of action to mitigate flooding.