29 September 2010

Uganda: Floods Hit Bulambuli

Kampala — OVER 2,500 residents of Bunambutye and Bwikonge sub-counties in the newly-created Bulambuli district have abandoned their homes after the Atari and Kabutoko rivers flooded, destroying crops and killing livestock.

The ravaging floods also destroyed Cheptui bridge, rendering the road from Muyembe to Nakapiripirit impassable.

Over 300 pupils of Atari Primary School are not attending classes regularly as the school is housing the displaced residents.

The most affected areas include Bumufuni and Buwebele in Bunambutye and Buwabwala, Bunalwele and Buwekanda parishes in Bwikonge sub-county.

Joseph Khisa, a resident of Buwechalo village, said the roof of Bwikonge Primary School was blown off. The school accommodates 600 pupils.

Khisa said most of the houses may collapse because the floods weakened their mud-and-wattle walls.

He appealed to the Government to provide the affected families with water purification chemicals and a health centre.

In the hilly sub-counties of Buginyanya, Masira, Sisiyi, Namisuni, Bulago and Bulegeni, several bridges connecting the villages have been destroyed.

The road connecting Gibuzale and Namisuni sub-counties is cut off, following mudslides.

The district works secretary, Cokerup Magona, appealed to the relief and disaster preparedness ministry and NGOs for help.

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