Continuous rains and inflows
from rivers around the Rwenzori region are responsible for the rising water levels in Lake Albert and flooding of surrounding areas.
The floods have devastated several areas in Ntoroko district, where more than 70,000 people are living in camps in Kanara Sub-county, 1,300
homes are abandoned and uncountable properties destroyed.
Jaconius Musingwire, the Western Region Manager of the National
Environment Management Authority -NEMA observes
that heavy water inflows especially from rivers streaming out of the Rwenzori mountains
have significantly increased the water volumes in Lake Albert.
The situation, he says, has been worsened by silt that has been carried down into the lake raising the
water levels. Musingwire says there is a need for a multi-sectoral
approach to deal with environmental degradation in the region which has left the earth
clear of natural vegetation cover.
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Meanwhile, Ntoroko district administration needs at least 4 billion Shillings to resettle flood victims
displaced by the rising water levels. In an interaction with a URN, the flood victims appealed to the government to resettle them anticipating
that the floods may not rescind soon.
Ben Muthahinga, the acting District Chairperson says the money will be used to construct temporary resettlement structures, pit latrines, installation of water tanks and boreholes.