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Floods Devastate Kasese in Western Uganda

The lives of hundreds of residents living within and around Kanyangeya cell, Kasese municipality in Kasese district are at stake following the increasing volumes of water within the area.

Since the floods that devastated Kasese district five months ago occurred, Kanyangeya cell has been a hot spot for high volumes of water whose source has not been clearly established.

Hundreds of houses in this area still remain submerged in the water, leaving many residents who had earlier left with no option than to go back to the camps amidst numerous challenges therein.

Residents here say the rate at which the volume of water increases worries them, arguing the government to act swiftly on the challenge before it causes much damage.

Namale Rehema a resident of Kanyangeya cell says a team from the Ministry of Water visited the area but up to date there is no feedback to justify where the water could be coming from; adding that there is need for river Nyamwamba to be de-silted to reduce on the effects of the river to the people downstream.

Whereas other people think the water affecting Kanyangeya is from underground, the district chairperson LCV Sibendire Bigogo says it's still the same water from river Nyamwamba which sips through the sand to the area.

Bigogo added that amidst plans to relocate the flood affected persons to safer places; it still remains a challenge on who feeds them in their new residence.

The deputy town Clerk Kasese municipality Mr. Kairi Kambasu noted that in the event that the waters have continued to increase, as a municipality they have gone ahead to advise residents to move into the camp but also continued to inform superiors about the issue.

The head of the cream zone primary school John Paul said that the capacity of school is very low in terms of the health sector; here he called upon the government to intervene since the pupils from kanyangaya primary joined their school.

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