Alfred Ebong, a resident of Ocamolum parish says he almost lost his 4-year-old son when he failed to get to the health center due to the floods. Adding that he resorted to treating the child with local herbs for three days before the canoe became operational to cross to the other side.
Flash floods caused by the rising water levels of Lake Kyoga and Kwania have displaced over 4,000 families in
The floods have submerged several kilometers of
the district’s land and roads, disconnecting a number of communities from
Unlike last year where only six out of 16 sub counties
in the district were affected, this year the entire district is experiencing
the floods with most crop gardens which had survived the drought getting
submerged in water alongside many households.
Nalobwoyo is one of the sub counties completely cut
off by floods. Its residents have to pay about three thousand
shillings to be able to cross on a canoe to access medical services at the only Health Center
(HCIV) in the district.
Victims however, fear they could be hit hard by famine
and are calling for immediate relief supplies such as food, fast growing seeds,
and shelter among others.
Alfred Ebong, a resident of Ocamolum parish says he
almost lost his 4-year-old son when he failed to get to the health center due
to the floods. Adding that he resorted to treating the child with local herbs for
three days before the canoe became operational to cross to the other side.
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Francis Ojok, a resident of Opira “A” village,
Nalibwoyo parish, Nalibwoyo sub county whom we found crossing the flooded road
is worried that people may start dying of hunger.
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Eunice Adero and her colleague Eveline Obace are
worried that their children might either die of hunger or cold because they do
not have shelter or food.
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With over 12000 people directly affected, the local
leaders are crying out to the central government and other development partners
to come to their aid.
Geoffrey Ocen, the District LCV Chairperson explained
that the flooding in the district has nothing to do with
rains because most crops had dried up due to a prolonged dry spell.
Ocen who says the district is doing all it can to fix
the roads asked central government to consider allocating more funding on road
work in order to improve accessibility.
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He, however, says the district has not done much in
supporting the families directly affected by the floods.
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Moses Junior Okot B’tek, the Kioga County Member of Parliament
argued that the entire population of Amolatar district should have be considered
and supported instead of giving COVID-19 relief funds to vulnerable people in
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He says through Lango Parliamentary group, he will
keep pushing for the plight of the people of Amolatar until government takes
action. “This time on Wednesday, the vulnerability of the
people of Amolatar which has been caused by dry spell and floods should be
known to both the Minister for Disaster Preparedness and the prime minister. Desperate
times brings desperate means so we shall use desperate means to catch their
The kind of flooding being experienced in Amolatar
District now is believed to be a repeat of what happened in 1964 where the
entire district was covered in floods.