Flooding in Uganda

Flooding in Uganda
Flooding in Uganda

Rivers overflow in the western region of Uganda, the lake overflows in the northern region of the country.

Rivers overflowed their banks in western Uganda, flooding vast areas of Kasese County. Meanwhile, the rise in Lake Kioga has forced hundreds of families to evacuate to the Northern Region.

In Kasese County, at least 30 villages were affected. Homes, livelihoods, crops and roads were affected. At least 3 people were rescued from the raging flood waters of the Nyamwamba River. Police warned local residents not to cross the river until the water level dropped.

The water level in Lake Kyoga flooded the coastal areas of Amolatar County in the Northern region of Uganda. The lake's water level has been rising for some time, but flooding has intensified in recent weeks and is now threatening areas much further inland. According to local observers, the water is "moving on a daily basis."

The floods have displaced hundreds of families in 11 sub-districts of Amolatar, flooding hundreds of acres of gardens and threatening the Amolatar headquarters several kilometers inland, according to Ugandan media reports.

The chairman of the Namasale sub-district, Mr. Rambo Onguu, told The Monitor: “In the Namasale sub-district alone, about 400 families have been displaced and about 2,000 gardens have been flooded. the Adjuka Nature Reserve in Nabvoyo Rural Municipality ".

The level of the lake disrupted the life of the local population last year. In August 2020, the Ugandan government reported that rising water levels in Lakes Albert and Kyoga displaced more than 8,700 people in Buliisa, Nakasongola and Amolatar areas. Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda visited the affected areas on 23 August 2020.

In October 2020, the Uganda Red Cross reported that rising water levels in Lake Kyoga affected local populations in Kalaki, Kakure subcounty, Kaberamaido district in eastern Uganda. The Red Cross added: "Our on-site response team is assessing the situation. People are expressing concern about food shortages, fear of malaria and other risks."

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