Mohammed Okwir, the Adilang Sub-County LCIII Chairperson says that the families are now in dire need of urgent help adding that there is a possibility of food shortage in the next months due to crop destruction.
Heavy rains have displaced several families and left trails of
destruction in Agago District.
At least 20 households in Adilang Sub County in Agago District have been left homeless after their houses collapsed while several hectares of
farmlands remain submerged in floodwaters.
Mohammed Okwir, the Adilang Sub-County LCIII Chairperson says that
the families are now in dire need of urgent help adding that there is a possibility
of food shortage in the next months due to crop destruction.
He says the worst-hit areas are in the villages of Odom Central village, Odom
East village, and Bar Olwedo village where heavy rainfalls triggered water logging and flooding in homesteads and farmlands.
Okwir notes that an access road linking to Alop Health Center II has also been
submerged that have affected access to medical
services at the health facility.
In Kuywe Sub-County, the Area LCV Councilor Denish Nyeko says close to 60
households are living in squalid conditions as their homesteads remain
waterlogged following the heavy rainfalls.
Nyeko notes that one of the main access roads from Lamita to Kuywe Centre and
Parabongo-tek has also been damaged as a result of flash floods, limiting the transportation
of goods and services.
According to Patrick Ocaka, the Lokole Sub County LCIII Chairperson, two
stances of staff latrine and a urinal at the sub-county Headquarter which was
constructed at 16 Million Shillings has also caved in due to heavy rains. He
says the destruction is a heavy blow to the Sub-county.
//cue in: “ki cwer cwiny…
Cue out:…the flooded area.”//
The Agago District Education Officer Esther Aryemo says several primary schools
in the affected sub-counties of Kuywe, Patongo, and Adilang are currently
having waterlogged compounds which are putting the classroom blocks and
latrines at risk of collapse.
She cited some of the schools as Bar Otiba, Patongo Primary school, Ladere
Primary school, Modege Primary school, Latingling, and Kuywe Primary schools
were the school Headteachers have already alerted her about their conditions.
Agnes Bonyomoi Apio, a resident of Anyena West village in Agago Town
Council and one of the affected residents says her home has become inhabitable
caused by the floods.
Apio says her gardens of beans, groundnuts and
sorghum are currently submerged due to the heavy rains casting doubt of reaping
any harvests. Apiyo has appealed to the district leaders and
well-wishers to come to their rescue.
//Cue in: “kombedi ma an…
Cue out:…romo cito kamo.”//
Areas of Kitgum, Lamwo, Agago, and Pader that form parts of East Northern
Uganda are expected to continue receiving rainfall with relaxation likely to be
registered around this month according to a seasonal rainfall outlook released
by Uganda Meteorological Authority-UMA in September last month.