Over 1,000 displaced Bundibugyo flood victims registered
By FRANCIS MUGERWA
More than 1,000 people who were displaced by floods that hit Bundibugyo District on Saturday have registered at two reception centres which government has set up in the district.
The internally displaced persons are being accommodated at Semuliki High Secondary School in Harugale Sub County and at Bubukwanga Transit camp in Bubukwanga Sub County.
“At Semuliki Secondary School, so far 1,114 people have registered while nine victims have registered at Bubukwanga” said Ms Irene Nakasiita, the head of Communication and Public relations at Uganda Red Cross Society.
However, by press time, more people were turning up at the reception centres seeking for relief aid. The district became flooded leading to landslides Saturday following heavy down pour. The heavy rains caused rivers and seasonal streams to overflow.
The district has a mountainous terrain. The rains washed away several crops, properties and soil from uphill and poured them down in the valleys and rivers.
Police teamed up with UPDF, district authorities and humanitarian agencies to respond to the emergency.
Corporal Hannington Agaba, a Community Conservation Ranger at Uganda Wild Life Authority (UWA) attached to Semuliki national park was filmed by humanitarian workers as he physically lifted children and elderly women from the floods that swept through their homes in Harugale Sub County.
The floods cut off several roads which were later opened by Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) in a joint operation with district authorities and humanitarian agencies.
Some of the affected people were trapped in rubbles while others stood on top of their houses as they screamed for help.
Some of the deceased identified
Police has identified some of the deceased victims as Elijah Nyamu Twangana, 43, Kabugho Mulasi, 14, Muhindo Milade,3, Joseline Thungu, 6, zabakaba Brillian, 4 months, Linnet Nyangoma, 7, Kamara Poswan, 3, Situwate Alivin, three months and Kiiza Alnight, 5.
According to humanitarian officials, the most affected areas are Kirumya parish in Harugale subcounty, Basalu Sub County, Bukonzo, Kirumya parish in Ntotoro subcounty, Tokwe Sub County, Bubukwanga and Bundibugyo town council.
Red Cross Society said they had counted 17 bodies of the victims so far retrieved by Wednesday afternoon but efforts to trace people who are said to be missing are underway. “The rains are still ongoing but lucky enough UNRA is on the ground opening up drainage channels and culverts to enable water flow normally,” the Bundibugyo District Police Commander Mr Taban Swaib said.
He said two people who sustained injuries in the floods are currently admitted at Kayenje health centre IV where they are receiving medication.
By press time, the state Minister for disaster Mr Musa Ecweru had arrived in the district and he had started inspecting the affected areas.
“Red Cross Volunteers are conducting a thorough house to house assessment to establish needs of the people. The situation is a little calm but the affected families are in dire need of food, water, hygiene facilities, medicine and other necessities,” said Nakasiita.