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Crops Rotting Away as Floods Devastate Amuria

URN visited Kapelebyong Sub County on Saturday and found several gardens of cassava, maize, groundnuts, and sweet potatoes submerged in water.
Michael Enyiru, LC 1 chairperson Omokori village in Kapelebyong sub county - Amuria district says floods have destroyed a maize farm of over 20 acres.

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Several farmers in Kapelebyong Sub County in Amuria district are counting loses following flooding that has destroyed their crop gardens.

URN visited Kapelebyong Sub County on Saturday and found several gardens of cassava, maize, groundnuts, and sweet potatoes submerged in water. 

Michael Eiru, LC 1 chairperson Omokori village, says several crops are soaked in stagnant water and are rotting away. He attributes the problem to extreme rainfall that has been pounding Kapelebyong Sub County that borders Karamoja sub region.

Eiru says the floods have dashed their hopes for bumper harvest following a deadly drought last year 2017 that led to famine. The floods haven't only damaged crop gardens but also led to the destruction of homes and pit-latrines.

Some of the residents have pitched camp at Omokori primary school and nearby churches. John Michael Ejiet, Kapelebyong Sub County the Agricultural Officer, says the crop destruction is a threat to food security.

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The floods have impacted negatively on business in Teso sub region as whole as people are unable to move goods easily due to poor infrastructure. The floods washed several bridges and newly graded roads.

Ketty Akol, resident of Oditel village in Kapelebyong, says the floods are likely to result into deadly famine.

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