More than 6,000 residents of Amuru Sub-County in Amuru District
are facing acute water shortage after major wells and springs dried up.
Annually, Acholi sub-region experiences dry spell that spans November to early
Grace Achan, the area water committee of Amuru Trading Center says
that over 800 households in the area now depending on a single borehole. She
explains that since 2006, when families returned to their cradle land after
encampment in Internally Displaced Persons' concentration camps, they depended
on rainwater; wells and springs but the situation the has changed drastically.
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Residents now are forced to trek over 3 kilometers in search for
clean water. The congestion at the borehole has forced the water source
committee to regulate each household to fetch only three jerry cans to reduce
scrambling for water.
David Ocira, the Sub County LC III Chairperson revealed that during the
2019/2020 Financial Year, Ministry of Water and Environment earmarked 800
million shillings for establishing waters tanks to improve access of clean
water in the area but the process stalled due to Coronavirus outbreak.
In Elegu Town Council, over 600 households are equally facing acute shortage of
clean water for a period now spanning three months after stagnant floodwater
contaminated all water sources at the Uganda-South Sudan border.
Robinah Auma, a restaurant operator reveals that a 20litrre jerry can of water
is fetched a Biabia Trading Centre, a 12km distance away from the Town Council
is being sold at 2,000 shillings while those with money survive on bottled
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Ivan Kakaire, resident of the Town Council working with Uganda Revenue
Authority explains that the impact of the floods in Elegu is far-reaching and
needs a lasting solution to bring people’s suffering to an end.
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Robert Onekalit, the in-charge of Elegu Health Centre explains
that water crisis in Elegu may cause an unprecedented outbreak of diseases
citing typhoid, malaria, diarrhoea and dysentery among others as likely
water-borne disease likely to hit the area.
Amuru LCV Chairperson Michael Lakony, explains that the District had equally
done a feasibility study in areas facing water crisis to construct between two
to three more water points to respond to the crisis.