Floods in Dokolo affects 650 families – NGO says


Kacung in Dokolo district has seen unexpected floods. A Lira NGO Forum photo.

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Dokolo—15, July 2020: Early this year (May) rains resumed with extraordinary floods that soon propelled Lake Victoria water levels for the first time in many decades.

In Kasese and central Uganda, including part of eastern Uganda, many people have been left homeless and hopeless.

Kilembe Hospital was subsequently closed after it was submerged with water. Buildings and properties worth millions of shillings were destroyed and loss of human lives.

In Lango, some part of the sub-region got no mercy from the deadly floods—posing great uncertainties about what tomorrow brings.

In forging a way forward, a team from Lira NGO Forum and Children’s Chance International (CCI Uganda) have visited Kacung, in Dokolo district, to access the impacts of floods in the area.

“We discovered that over 650 families are affected, and more than 250 are displaced. Most of the affected persons are living in a private school that was offered by a Good Samaritan, as others are temporarily staying in other villages,” part of a statement issued by Lira NGO Forum reads.

“Both young and teenage children are sharing houses with their parents and are exposed to mosquitoes.”

According to Lira NGO Forum, most of the crops are destroyed, and most of them (displaced persons) lack the basic needs. “This is a call to different stakeholders, so that we join hands to help this community,” reads the appeal.

Uganda National Metrological Authority [UNMA] early this year warned and alerted government and the general public to expect “exceedingly heavy prolonged rains that are likely to go beyond the rain season period”.

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