By Yosam Gucwaki
Thousands of residents in five villages of Kimengo Sub County in Masindi district who were displaced when the banks of River Kafo busted one week ago will continues suffering as there is no hope for relief from government.
Over 500 households in villages of Kididima, Kayera, Nyakarongo, Karangwe and Myeba, were displaced when river Kafo flooded and properties worth millions of shillings were lost including livestock like cattle, goats and sheep and hectares of crops were destroyed hence living the locals with nothing to eat.
The area LC III chairperson, Kabindi Stephen who is also the aspiring Member of Parliament for Buruli County told our reporter in an exclusive that government has failed to make quick interventions to help the affected people by providing relief items.
“I challenge district leadership to take action basing on a report that was compiled by district disaster committee because this is a big incident that needs attention of all stakeholders”, Kabindi added.
A report released by Masindi district disaster committee indicates that 560 households having 1,700 people were directly affected, 210 households displaced and total number of 940 children are at risk of being stricken by hunger and diseases.
The district deserter committee also reported that, 473 children have suffered from skin diseases and diarrhea and 2,700 hectares of maize, sorghum, cassava, beans Pease and rice were destroyed.
The report heights some of the urgently required relief items as maize flour and beans, 402 mosquito nets, tarpaulins, stocking Kimengo health center III with drugs, 903 basins and seeds like potato veins, cassava cuttings and vegetables.
Addressing journalists in his office on Friday, the chairperson disaster committee Masindi district, Jack Byaruhanga disputed claims that floods were as a result of heavy rains saying it was River Kafo banks that busted.
Byaruhanga added that as Masindi district local government, have managed to evacuate people from the flooded areas, instructed the people who are along the road to move away and have submitted the report to the ministry of disaster preparedness. “Even these people were relocated; they are still living in terrible conditions because they do not have toilets and safe water. In view of the above, we have recommended medical team at Kimengo health center to be on standby as we engage partners to help these people with some relief items”, he disclose.