Floods Displace 19,000 in Amuria Top story

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Jimmy Eriau, the LC3 chairperson Kapelebyong Sub County says at least 12,000 people are displaced in his area. He says the most affected are from Kapelebyong town board, Nyanda, Amenia, Atira, Amaseniko and Okoboi parishes.

Floods have displaced more than 19,000 people in Amuria district. The affected people are from Kapelebyong, Obalanga, Okungur, Kuju and Willa sub counties. Torrential rains have been pounding   Amuria district since August this year. Paul Edotu, the Assistant Chief Administrative Officer in charge of Kapelebyong County says Obalanga and Kapelebyong sub counties are more affected.
 
He says most of the affected families have taken refuge in trading centers and primary schools. He says the floods have also destroyed crop gardens raising fear of food security in the affected areas. Etonu attributes the damage to the silting of valley dams, which used to hold the runoff water.  There are five valley dams, in each sub county in Amuria district. He says most of the water sources are contaminated because of most of the pit latrines in the area are filled up with water.

Jimmy Eriau, the LC3 chairperson Kapelebyong Sub County says at least 12,000 people are displaced in his area. He says the most affected are from Kapelebyong town board, Nyanda, Amenia, Atira, Amaseniko and Okoboi parishes. According to Eriau, 40 huts were washed away by the floods in Kapelebyong Sub County, which also devastated Achangweno Primary school. He appeals to development partners to intervene and provide temporary shelter and relief support to the flood victims.

Tom Okello, the LC3 chairperson Obalanga sub county says 56 villages in his sub county are water logged. He says the most affected parishes are Alito, Alupe, Amare, Iyalakwe, Angica, Angatunyu, Aarabet, Odidin and Okungur. Okello explains that the pit latrines at Angatuny and Amoni primary schools are filled up with flood water. Stephen Elianu, a resident of Aberan village in Obalanga Sub County says his compound is waterlogged. Elianu also claims that his four cassava and Potato gardens have completely been destroyed by the floods.

Peter Obukui, a teacher at Iyalakwe primary school in Obalanga also lost acre of beans garden to the flood.
 
 
 

 

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Salume Among
Salume Among is the Mbale URN bureau chief. Among has been a URN staff member since 2012.

Among started her career in 2000 as a freelance writer for Etop newspaper before starting to write for its mother paper, The New Vision. She also wrote for the Vision Group's XFM radio station from 2008 until she left to join URN.

Among has a keen interest in local politics having been a youth representative in the Soroti variously between 1996 and 2010. Among also regularly reports on health, education, the environment and sports.