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Flood Affected Families Out in the Cold

Gloria Atimaku, a mother of three says because of sharing accommodation with children they have lost their privacy.
More than 500 families in Dufile and Laropi sub counties in Moyo district are out in the cold after their houses were flooded two weeks ago following a heavy down pour. The flood victims claim that they have neither received assistance from government or the local district leadership. Emmanuel Muroga, one of the affected residents says their attempts to get rid of water from their houses have not yielded results because of the constant rainfall. He claims that some of the residents, whose are badly affected are forced to share houses with their neighbors, who are equally struggling to survive.

Muroga accuses government and the district of failing to find a lasting solution to the flooding in the area, which occurs almost each year. Gloria Atimaku, a mother of three says because of sharing accommodation with children they have lost their privacy. She says they have resorted to lighting fire in the houses to keep away mosquitoes and protect their children from Malaria because their mosquito nets were washed away by the floods. Morris Vuzi Nyindanyi, the Dufile sub county LC3 Chairperson says boat operators have been rendered jobless because crossing to Nimule market in south Sudan is a still a big problem due to the increased water volume resulting from flooding.

 

Vuzi has called for the intervention of central government and responsible ministries saying the flood victims are facing hunger and exposed to epidemic outbreaks because of their current poor living condition. He faults government for take long to respond to the plight of his electorate yet it responded fast when a similar disaster was reported at Elegu market area. Jimmy Opigo, the Moyo district health officer says the two sub counties have been cut off by floods. He observes the need for the erection of facilities such as mobile toilets to support the affected people.  He says despite the fact that they sent out appeals to the responsible ministries; they have not yet received any response.

 

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