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Floods Displace More families in Napak, Gov't Help Yet to Arrive

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Naboth Opolot, the Alungar parish chairperson, says that the entire population is at risk of contracting water-borne disease since floods submerged their latrines. "The floods have cut off all the roads, all latrines are flooded and the water carrying maggots from the latrines is all over the affected areas, “he said.
07 Oct 2021 08:47
A family stands in front of their flooded compound
Flood-affected victims in Napak district are yet to receive any support from the government since they were displaced last month. According to information obtained by URN, the floods displaced 800 people from Apeitolim sub-county.

The number of flood victims has since increased to 5000 resulting from the heavy rains pounding the region. Simon Ejolu, the Aolio parish says children have contracted malaria and pneumonia due to sleeping in coldness. He says the most affected are people in Akobokobot, Akworo, Alungar, Aolio, Aputon, Apeduru, Asuruga and Aturai villages.

 

He says that the floods have also destroyed 2,780 acres of crops that were due for harvest. "We really don't know whether we are part of this country because we have cried for help since last month no one has come for our rescue even the development partners none of them has come to rescue the lives of the children, “he said.

Naboth Opolot, the Alungar parish chairperson, says that the entire population is at risk of contracting water-borne disease since floods submerged their latrines. "The floods have cut off all the roads, all latrines are flooded and the water carrying maggots from the latrines is all over the affected areas, “he said.

Grace Nakut, one of the affected residents, says that she lost all the food including what she had stored to feed her children. "All the food I had stored for my family is gone. The entire compound of my home is flooded. Children stay onto the bench inside the only remaining house without water but that one is also very wet you can't sleep down, “she said.    

Simon Okotel, the LC V councillor of Apeitolim sub-county, says that most families missed out on COVID-19 vaccination because all the roads are cut off. "Most of our people missed out on COVID-19 vaccinations especially the elders who could not walk on the flooded roads,” he said. Prisca Loyor, the vice-chairperson of Napak district, says their hands are tied because they don’t have resources.

 

"As leaders of Napak we feel the pain our people are going through but going forward we have planned to work on the roads and water drainage system so that water does not affect our people, “ she said.

The State Minister for Disaster Preparedness and Refugees, Esther Anyakun confirmed receiving a report from Napak district. She revealed that the ministry is overwhelmed with floods and hunger in the entire country. 

She said her ministry will send relief food and none food items to the affected families at an appropriate time, adding that so far, they have made delivery relief of food to the families affected by hunger in Karamoja.

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