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Elegu Police Station Submerged in Floods

The floodwaters first hit the area two days ago according to reports from eyewitnesses. But the water volume, however, increased on Tuesday due to the on-going heavy rains being experienced in Acholi Sub-region.
27 Aug 2019 19:31
Locals and a police officer watch helplessy as flood water flows towards Elegu Police station in Amuru District this afternoon.
Elegu Police Station in Elegu Town Council Amuru District has been submerged in floods.

This follows heavy rains that hit the area on Tuesday after River Unyama burst its banks. Elegu Town council is a bustling business hub at the Uganda-South Sudan border.

The floodwaters first hit the area two days ago according to reports from eyewitnesses.   But the water volume, however, increased this afternoon due to the on-going heavy rains being experienced in Acholi Sub-region.

Mohammad Bigirwa, the Officer in Charge of Traffic at Elegu Police Station says they cannot access the police station because of the fast-flowing water entering offices.

Bigirwa says two suspects who were being held in custody have been relocated for safety.

According to Bigirwa, the floodwaters have also partly submerged homes of police officers in the Police Barracks behind the Police station.

“These floods seem to be increasing and there is possibility that it may affect normal work at the Police station,” Bigiriwa says.

This is the second time the Police station is being submerged this year.

In June the Police relocated 10 suspects detained at the police station for safety after flood water submerged the station.

The Deputy Inspector General of Police Maj Gen Muzeyi Sabitti in June visited the station and promised to find ways of averting flow of water towards the police station. 

Hundreds of people among them businessmen have so far been displaced from their homes and shops at Elegu Town Council with several properties left submerged.

Brian Mugume, a driver at Elegu Town Council says businesses and traffic has been paralyzed in the area. 

He says many people have closed down their shops while trailer trucks that had been parked at parking spaces have relocated to higher grounds along the busy Highway.

The area was struck by floods in August 2017 were two people died and more than 30,000 people mostly traders were displaced.