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Flood Victims at Laropi Landing Site Demand for Relief

In June 2020, more than 20,000 people living along the River Nile belt in Madi Sub-region were displaced and property lost when the water levels of the River Nile increased following heavy rains.
Some of the homesteads submerged in the flood waters of River Nile at Laropi in Moyo district.
Flood Victims at Laropi landing site in Moyo District are demanding government intervention, a year after their homes were destroyed.

In June 2020, more than 20,000 people living along the River Nile belt in Madi Sub-region were displaced and property lost when the water levels of the River Nile increased following heavy rains. 

Toepista Munguediyo, one of the victims says that following the floods, they have never been assisted by the government or any humanitarian organization. She says that her business was affected by the floods, living her with no source of income.

“We have been suffering and requesting help since the floods displaced us but to date, nobody has come to our aid,” she says.

According to Toepista despite pleas to Moyo District authorities, no help has been rendered to them.

Beatrice Moriku Zalika another businesswoman at the landing site says life has become hard and cannot manage to sustain the family. “Where we temporarily relocated, there is nothing to survive on apart from digging for subsistence. We call upon the government to help us with money so that we can resume our businesses,” said Moriku.  

The Male Councilor representing Laropi Town Council to Moyo District Ceaser Andevu, said, the numerous financial challenges facing Moyo District Local Government have made it difficult for the District to support the flood victims.

But William Anyama, LCV Chairperson Moyo says that the district disaster management committee is waiting for funds this financial year and should be able to consider moderate support to the flood victims.

“As you know the Covid19 challenge has remained and the fact that last year we went into elections, the district was financially handicapped and so we could not do anything for these people,” said Anyama.

Meanwhile, in Obongi Town Council where hundreds were displaced and their homes submerged in floodwaters of River Nile, the district authorities are planning to relocate the affected families this financial year.  

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