February 24, 2015

Floods Clear Buhweju District

A heavy down pour has left a trail of destruction in Buhweju district. The down pour that lasted for five hours on Monday triggered flash floods from the bare hills, which swept several bridges and roads.

A section of Rwengwe Bwogo road that has been submerged by flash floods that ravaged Buhweju district
A section of Rwengwe Bwogo road that has been submerged by flash floods that ravaged Buhweju district

Jane Kasingye, the LCV councilor Rwengwe Sub County and Nsiika town council says the floods have cut off all the roads in her area rendering them impassable. She identifies Rwengwe, Bwogo, Nsiika roads as the most affected

The three roads were being rehabilitated by the district under the feeder road maintenance program. Kasingye also says that the storm devastated hundreds of people’s plantations raising fears of food security.

Rushiya Nyarukunda is a resident of Bwogo village in Bwogo parish. Nyarukunda lost two hectares on banana and coffee plantations to the storm.

Godfrey Kabandize, the Buhweju district LC V vice chairperson says despite their efforts to force the residents to plant trees on bare hills, majority of the residents have deliberately refused to respond.

Peter Rwakifari, the Buhweju Resident District Commissioner says he is going to revive the disaster management committee which has been inactive to verify the extent of the damage.

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