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Floods Ravage Nine Sub Counties in Amolatar

The most affected sub-counties are Namusale, Awelu, Etam, Agikdak, Akwon, Muntu, Awingiri, Nalibwoyo, and Opali. The floods have submerged several homes, pit latrines and crop gardens leaving residents with nowhere to turn for help.
A woman fishing in the flooded water near her home

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Nine sub-counties in Amolatar District have been ravaged by floods displacing thousands of households.

The most affected sub-counties are Namusale, Awelu, Etam, Agikdak, Akwon, Muntu, Awingiri, Nalibwoyo, and Opali. The floods have submerged several homes, pit latrines and crop gardens leaving residents with nowhere to turn for help.  In Namusale Sub County, over 1,200 households have been affected. 

Nelson Topeyero, a resident of Abwoc-kwar parish in Etam Sub County says that his entire home was flooded, forcing him to rent a single-roomed house at the nearby trading centre which he shares with his wife and three children.

Luo byte:

//Cue in: “An pii obin…

Cue out: …  owot opur kuno.”//

Jasper Oree, a resident of the same area lives in a single grass-thatched house donated by a well-wisher, with his wife and their five children. Their home was submerged by floods.

Oree’s only hope is that the government delivers relief in the area.

Luo byte:

//Cue in: “Atamo nii gamente…

Cue out: … adong pe lare.”//

Rambo Ongu, the LCIII Chairperson of Namusale Sub County says since the affected people are demanding for food, the sub-county has been forced to offer part of government reserve land to some displaced families to dig and plant crops.

//Cue in: “People are coming…

Cue out: … for planting crops.”// 

Morris Omara, the first born in a family of four takes care of his siblings after the death of their parents. He however lacks food to feed the siblings after the family garden was washed away by the floods.

//Cue in: “In 1992 when…

Cue out: … we are orphans.”//

Eunice Adoki, a single mother of five says she lost all her foodstuff in the flood and is worried that she might not sustain her family.

Jolly Joe Opio, the Amolatar District Speaker says that the government is not doing anything to come to the rescue of the affected families.

//Cue in: “In the next…

Cue out: …fail to support.”//

Simon Peter Ongom Seydou, the LCV Chairperson says that the district is grappling with challenges to deliver services to her people since most roads have been cut off by the floods.

He says that with the heavy rains expected to continue, the flooding could escalate into a severe humanitarian crisis once prompt action is not taken.  He wants government and humanitarian agencies to solicit for assistance to help thousands of people affected by the floods.

//Cue in: “We are requesting…

Cue out: … enough for us.”//