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Floods Displace 2000 People in Kotido

An estimated 2,000 people in Kaceeri and Rengen Sub Counties in Kotido district are calling for support after their homes were submerged by flood water following a week of incessant rains.
Residents of Rengen sub county wash their feet in Dopeth river in Kotido district.
An estimated 2,000 people in Kaceeri and Rengen Sub Counties in Kotido district are calling for support after their homes were submerged by flood water following a week of incessant rains.

Among the victims are Uganda Peoples Defense Forces—UPDF soldiers who had some of the huts commonly known as “Mama Ingia pole,” swept away by floods.

Emma Akileng, the Red Cross Branch Manager for Kotido says the roads linking the two sub counties had several sections submerged. He says bridges have also been destroyed rendering the places inaccessible.

Akileng explains that at least 250 households have been abandoned as torrential rains batter several areas in Kaabong district, forcing water to flood in the low lying areas of Kotido district. He names the most affected parish as Lopuyo in Rengen Sub County, where the situation is pathetic for the families. He adds that the floods have swept houses, hundreds of goats and food granaries living the locals without food and safe water.

Lochoto Mathew, the Rengen Local Council Three Chairperson says two rivers, Dopeth and Kanamugeto, have burst their banks sending water to the low lying areas. He says that the area is experiencing the worst floods since 2007. He explains that the most affected people have chosen to climb hills for safety.

Lt. Ceaser Olweny, the 5th Division UPDF spokesperson says a few huts belonging to the soldiers were flattened in Lopuyo detachment. He however, added that the soldiers had lost food items to the floods.