OPM Intervenes To Aid Kibaale Flood Victims

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The office of the Prime Minister has intervened to aid flood victims in Kibaale district who are in dire need of food and shelter.

The office of the Prime Minister has intervened to aid flood victims in Kibaale district who are in dire need of food and shelter.

Two people died and about 500 others were displaced by floods from River Nguse that burst its banks on Monday night. Fifteen houses were washed away, domestic animals killed and crop gardens destroyed by the floods.

The affected residents are mainly from Rwebigaga and Kiyanja villages in Birembo Sub County. They are now camped at Rwebigaga trading centre where they have erected temporary grass thatched structures.

Oliver Alinaitwe, a widow and a mother of seven who hails from Rwebigaga, says she has nothing to feed her family. Alinaitwe explains that even some of her children have fallen ill because of sleeping in the cold.

But on Wednesday, Major General Julius Oketta, the director National Emergency Coordination and Operations in the Office of the Prime Minister, visited the area to assess the extent of the problem.

Oketta, who is also the Army representative in parliament, pledged government’s emergency relief support to the affected residents. He revealed that the relief in form of food, tents, medicine and other facilities would be delivered before the end of Thursday.

Appalled by the effect of the floods, Oketta said government is giving this relief as a short term intervention.

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Meanwhile the floods have not in any way subsided and authorities are warning residents against returning to the area in anticipation of more flooding as rains continue.

George William Nyamyaka, the Kibaale district Local Council chairperson, who accompanied Oketta to the area, noted with concern the lack of facilitation for district disaster committees.

He said despite the committee’s existence in the district, there is little they can do to help the communities during such disasters as they are not facilitated. Nyamyaka noted that this is the reason why communities continue to suffer helplessly.

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