Kasese floods subside – Red Cross

from New Vision
Published on 10 May 2013 View Original

By John B. Thawite

Floods that have been ravaging various parts of Kasese district are subsiding, according to Uganda Red Cross.

“The floods have slightly gone down but the effects remain enormous across the district,” the Uganda Red Cross Kasese branch manager, Everest Habai, said.

Habai said the floods had displaced thousands of people after almost 1,000 homesteads were destroyed.

The displaced are now living in four camps where sanitation facilities are in a deplorable state.

The camps are located Kasese Primary School in Kasese Municipality, Bugoye and Nkaiga primary schools in the sub-counties of Bugoye, Maliba and Karusandara respectively.

The District Disease Surveillance Focal Person, Sam Kabinga Muhindo, expressed fear of possible disease outbreaks in the district since latrines in the affected areas had been washed away.

“In Maliba sub-county alone, 541 pit latrines were washed away in Kakindo village and in the camps at the Kasese and Bugoye primary school the latrines were filling up,” Kabinga said.

According to a district disaster rapid assessment report, the floods destroyed 200 latrines in all parishes of Nyamwamba Division in Kasese Municipality.

The floods also destroyed pipes that supply water to Ibanda, (Bugoye sub-county), blocked the water supply system in Kasese municipality and washed away the gravity flow scheme that supplies Musasa trading centre in Kyondo sub-county.

Also destroyed were 25 bridges, thousands of acres of food and cash crops, seven roads, 960 homesteads and various businesses.