Residents say some of the water flows from the stone quarrying sites belonging to Kampala and Tororo cement factories and ditches that were left open after the excavation of murrum. Some of the ditches that were used as far as 1998 have now turned into man made lakes covering over 10 acres of land.
Fresh floods triggered
by heavy rains have rendered several people in Bulambuli district homeless. The
floods submerged homes in Bunangaka, Bufuhula, Nabongo, Bufumbula, Buwakol and
Bumasoho parishes in Nabongo sub counties.
According to the Bulambuli District Environment Department,
the floods, which occurred on Sunday immensely hit Sisyi, Simu,Bulaago,
Bukaalu, Muyembe and Nabongo Sub counties. The floods also destroyed
gardens, livestock has been killed, roads and Bridges have been cut off.
According to residents, the floods followed
heavy rains that pounded the area for more than three days.
Residents say some
of the water flows from the stone quarrying sites belonging to Kampala and
Tororo cement factories and ditches that were left open after the excavation of
Some of the ditches that were used as far as 1998 have now turned into man made lakes covering over 10 acres of land. Residents claim these have made the soils soft making the
area susceptible to flooding more especially when it rains.
Wanzusi, the Nabongo Sub county LCIII chairperson, says water from the stone quarries
floods the lower parts of the district.
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Nathan Weliche, LCII Chairperson Bunangaka parish, whose
house has also been affected, says most of the flood victims are currently sleeping
at Bunangaka primary school while others have sought refuge in their neighbor’s
He says the affected people have nothing to eat and calls for
government to intervention to provide them relief food and mosquito nets.
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Fred Simiti, a resident of Bunangaka parish, says for 4 years
now they have been facing the same problem and that they have severally
appealed to the authorities to fill up the open ditches in vain.
his 10 children survived drowning water when he punched holes in the house to
create channels for water to flow outside.
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Topista Kituyi, a mother of 8 children, says
they spend sleepless nights since all their beddings were washed away by the
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Moses Wakonelo, the Bunangaka Parish councilor, says the sub
county leadership has written to the district and area Members of parliament
notifying them about the need to open trenches to improve water flow.
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Innocent Wandabwa, the Bulambuli District Environment Officer,
blames the flooding on poor farming methods in the district.
He explains that
people have cultivated up to the river banks, which makes it hard for them to
He also concurs with residents that the ditches left behind
by stone quarries are part of the problem, saying they have failed to control
the water that flows from the quarries.
Kirinya Ayubu is the URN Bureau Chief of Elgon/Bukedi Sub Regions . He holds a Bachelors Degree in Mass Communication from Islamic University in Uganda and a Diploma in Computer Science and Information Technology from the same University.