Ronald Ssemanda, the Chairperson of Kamuwunga Landing Site in Lukaya Town Council in Kalungu district says the situation has been worsened by strong seasonal winds that are splashing water far beyond the 200 meters of the buffer zones.
Communities at various landing sites in
Kalungu district are still battling the consequences of heavy overflows from the
Lake Victoria waters, despite a reduction in rainfall.
Ssemanda, the Chairperson of Kamuwunga Landing Site in Lukaya Town Council in
Kalungu district says the situation has been worsened by strong seasonal winds
that are splashing water far beyond the 200 meters of the buffer zones.
He says that while they
were hopeful that the reduction in rains would clear their areas of the distressing
floods, the heavy waves on the lake blown by seasonal strong winds have instead
wrecked more havoc in the area.
Ssemanda explains that the lake waters have created unusual inland channels that drain into
people’s homes and plantations, some which had not been affected in the rainy
season.Some of the
affected areas include a government school, a community
playground, a mosque, a Pentecostal church and several houses that are situated
several meters away from the lakes shoreline.
a caretaker of Kamuwunga Primary School says in a rather unusual scenario the entire
school compound is flooded with water flowing directly from the lake, which
threatens the strength of the classrooms.
He explains that
the lake has lately accumulated high volumes of water which by a slight push of
the seasonal winds leads to unusual overflows towards all the low-lying
areas of the mainland.
//Cue in; “kibadde tekituungawo…
Cue out...mwebagenda okusomera.”//
Kalingu Woman Member of Parliament Aisha Ssekindi says they are
worried about the fate of the learners who might not be able to use the facility if the government opens schools to resume studies.
says they are lobbying the government to allocate them money to relocate the school
to another elevated site that may not be affected by similar eventualities.
//Cue in; “mu butuufu nga district…
Cue out…kuviiramu awo.”//
National Environment Management Authority-NEMA is working out plans to evict
all people that encroached on wetlands and along Lake Shores and River Banks as a remedy for environmental destruction.