More than 200 grass thatched houses have been destroyed by floods that devastated Omoro Sub County, Alebtong district. The area has been experiencing persistent heavy rains over the last three weeks.
Acreages of crop gardens have been washed away in the 23 villages across Ocokober parish, Alolo-lolo, Oculukori which has six villages, and some part of Omararii. According to the are LCIII chairperson, Robert Okullu, a total of 4, 000 residents are affected.
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Okullu says major community roads have been cut off leaving travelers and school going children stranded. He says they have already submitted the list of the affected persons to the district asking for urgent assistance.
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Moses Otim, a resident of Alolo-lolo parish whose two huts have collapsed says he has been left with nowhere to accommodate his family. Otim has since relocated and living his with relatives in another parish. He asked the government to swiftly come to their rescue.
In 2014, the same Sub County experienced torrential rains between August and September which harshly affected the parishes of Angetta, Oculukori, Alolo-lolo, Angetta and Omararii.
As a result, about 100 houses in the areas of Alolo-lolo and Ocokober parishes collapsed leaving more than 500 residents homeless.
Alebtong and Otuke districts in Lango region are prone to flooding. In 2007, sub-counties of Abako, Omoro, and Apala in the then greater Lira district experienced heavy rain and floods, and more than 4000 residents were affected. Karamoja, Teso, Lango sub-regions are among the areas experiencing floods currently.