August 9, 2013

AMURU: Flood Victims Yet To Receive Relief Aid

Flood victims in Amuru district are yet to get relief aid, three days after being displaced.

River Unyama burst its banks on Tuesday night and displaced more than 6,000 people at Ilegu town council at the Uganda-South Sudan border.

The floods have forced many to seek higher ground Ilegu with the few belongings they can carry
The floods have forced many to seek higher ground Ilegu with the few belongings they can carry

The river burst its banks following days of torrential rains. The flash floods from the river washed away 200 homesteads leaving at least 6, 500 people homeless.

The floods also destroyed property worth millions of shillings and left four people injured.

A rescue team led by the Police Fire Brigade, the Uganda Red Cross Society and a team from the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) were deployed in the area to conduct rescue operations.

However by 4pm on Thursday, the victims were yet to get relief aid.

Nyuma Flamine, an elder and victim of the floods said they were still waiting for relief aid that had been promised to them by the OPM.

Nyuma, who lost his household property to the floods, said they urgently need food and clean drinking water. He expresses fear of a likely outbreak of water-borne diseases in the area if no urgent intervention is taken to improve on water and sanitation.

Currently residents help themselves in a nearby stream which also doubles as a water source.

The victims who include children and the elderly yesterday spent a night in the cold. By Thursday evening the local authorities from Amuru had offered them a nearby parking yard which was not flooded.

The victims had started setting up temporal structures to use as shelter.

Maj. General Julius Oketta, the Coordinator of Disaster Preparedness in the OPM said food and non food items had been dispatched from Kampala and were expected in Ilegu by the time of filing this report.

Oketta said a medical team had also been deployed to attend to the victims.

Ilegu is a popular border market frequented by traders from Uganda, Kenya and Southern Sudan. The centre which began a year ago today has more than 6000 residents who are mostly traders.

The structures in the centre are made of mud and wattle.

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