Floods Displace Acholi Families

Floods have displaced more than 50 families in Atiak Sub County, Amuru district. John Bosco Ocan, the Atiak LC 3 chairman, says the floods triggered off by heavy rainfall hit Aco-pele, Gibogi, Latebe and Lukuliya in Kal parish and Palokere, Parwaca and Bi-bia parishes, affecting several families. The floods washed away the houses and latrines living many people stranded. Equally affected are large areas of sweet potatoes, cassava, groundnuts and simsim, which have been submerged in water. Lucy Angom Okwera, the LC II chairperson of Kal parish, says most of her affected residents have returned to the Internally Displaced Peoples camps. In Agago district, floods have also displaced a total of 14 households in pece village, Patongo town council. Quinto Labeja, the town council LC III chairman, fears that if the current rains continue, most returnees might be forced to IDP camps. John Bosco Ongom, a resident of Ojuu parish, in Arum sub-county, Agago district lost several hectares of sim-sim and cassava. Acholi sub region last experienced floods in 2007 when several families were displaced and most roads cut off.


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