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Residents in Fear as Floods Wreak Havoc in Kabarole

Sam Mugume, another resident says water entered his shop and destroyed most of the goods that were on the floor like Cassava flour, wheat, books, rice and sugar among others.
02 Jul 2019 07:59
Kabarole district natural resources officer, Godfrey Ruyonga (left) speaking to the district LC V chairman, Richard Rwabuhinga as other residents look on during the visit to River Mitomi

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Floods have destroyed several homes in Kicwamba Sub County in Kabarole district leaving residents in fear. The floods occurred after River Mitomi burst its banks following a heavy downpour on Saturday.   Over 100 homes are estimated to have been affected by the floods.   

Residents say this is the first they are experiencing destruction of this magnitude. The floods destroyed crop gardens, homes and merchandise among other property.   

Christopher Kaahwa, a resident of Kihondo village in Kicwamba Sub County, says that his radio, phone and other property was washed away by running water.   

//Cue in: “Hati amaizi gakatera…

Cue out… those were swept off.”//   

Sam Mugume, another resident says water entered his shop and destroyed most of the goods that were on the floor like Cassava flour, wheat, books, rice and sugar among others. 

Charles Businge, the Kicwamba Sub County LC III chairperson, says that their hearts will only be at peace when a technical team visits the area.   

//Cue in: “Tuli mukutina muno…

Cue out… ihano elikusana liti,”//  

Our reporter visited the area and found residents still removing mud from their houses using hoes and spades. 

A group of leaders and technical staff from Kabarole District led by the Chairman LCV, Richard Rwabuhinga visited the affected residents on Monday and moved along the river to establish the cause of the floods and find a solution to the problem.  

While on ground, it was discovered that there was heavy encroachment on the river bunks. Some of the mature eucalyptus trees that had been planted along the river banks had fallen into the river thereby blocking water from flowing smoothly.  

According to Kabarole District Natural Resources Officer, Godfrey Ruyonga, the activities along the river were the major cause of the floods because they have tampered with the flow of water. 

 

//Cue in: “Twagamba emiti nungi…

Cue out… kyona nikigwa mukisaru.”//  

Ruyonga also observed the river had emergency over flow channels, which have been encroached on by residents. He said that this was very dangerous because these outlets were meant to divert the running water from the main river to reduce its pressure.  

As a way forward, the natural resources officer promised to return to the area with a technical team to measure the exact points where new over flow outlets can be established so that flooding doesn’t happen again.  

Richard Rwabuhinga, the Kabarole LC V chairperson, asked the residents to remain calm, saying he will write to the Office of the Prime Minister informing him about the disaster and for relief aid.