Anthony Bigambo whose land is affected greatly by the development, says that he was taken by surprise to find his garden submerged last week despite the fact that there was no rain in the area. The farmer says that he has lost gardens of cocoa and banana.
Water has submerged gardens in Bundimulombi 1 village in Bundikeki parish
in Kirumya Sub County in Bundibugyo District.
The water has flooded Nyankiro valley, which sits between Bundigere and
Bundimulombi villages. The water is 1KM in length, half a kilometer in width
and 15ft deep. According to the residents, the water that has occupied
the area in the dry spell, begun forming last week.
Anthony Bigambo whose land is affected greatly by the development, says that he
was taken by surprise to find his garden submerged last week despite the fact
that there was no rain in the area. The farmer says that he has lost gardens of
cocoa and banana.
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Ronald Asaba, another farmer in the area tried to save his land by creating valleys
around his garden, but the water overwhelmed his efforts. He says water
oozing from underground has destroyed his half an acre banana plantation.
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Emma Baguma, the Bundimulombi Village LC I chairperson, says that over 20
households have directly been affected by the water that has destroyed their
crop gardens. He says that people from surrounding areas are rushing to
their area to tour and have fun in the water.
Abraham Bamwitirebye, the Kirumya sub-county LC 3 chairperson, says that he has
already communicated to the district leadership and health department seeking
immediate intervention. He says that the water volume is likely to
increase with the expected onset of the rains.
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Julius Businge, a Geo- Observer in Bundikeki parish working with Mountain of
the moon University-Fort Portal, says that the position occupied by the water
was originally a route for the small Nyankiro stream. He says that the
massive landslides, which affected the areas in 2019, blocked the stream.
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Jockus Maathe, the senior Environment officer for Bundibugyo district told URN that
Kirumya sub-county is susceptible to landslides that have often blocked water
streams in the area. He says through the office of the OPM they have
managed to do risk mapping in the district and established that the Sub County
is prone to such phenomenon.
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Robert Tibakunirwa, the Bundibugyo LC V chairperson, says that their technical
team is on the ground to advise how best the situation can be handled before
causing more damage.