February 14, 2014

Water Shortage Hits Kitgum

A crack on a 20,000 litre water tank has thrown communities in Namokora Town Board into panic. The crack has affected 12 water points supplying water to 10 villages in the Town Board, in Namokora Sub County, Kitgum district.

The damage has plunged the estimated 200,000 people into unexpected congestion at the few boreholes in the Town Board due to dwindling supply reaching many of the motorized water points.

Charles Onen, the Namokora Town Board Local Council, says the sub county has failed to fix the damage due to funding shortfalls. He says the cash-strapped sub county requires at least 2 million shillings to replace the water tank since several attempts to fix the problem have failed.

The sub county has contacted the Northern Uganda Water Facility, a charity organization based in Lira to intervene since the district has also failed to rescue the communities.

Onen says the sub county has been struggling with this problem for the last three years. He says congestion at the water point is leading to many social crimes such as defilement of young girls and rape of women.

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