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HELP IS COMING: GOVERNMENT TELLS MBALE, KAPCHORWA FLOOD VICTIMS

BY RICHARD DRASIMAKU

MBALE: SUNDAY, JULY 31, 2022

Hon Esther Davinia Anyakun, the minister of State for Relief, Disaster Preparedness and Refugees has spoken on the torrential rains that devastated Mbale and Kapchorwa district Saturday night, urging people to vacate to safer areas.

“We woke up to bad news after torrential rains battered areas of Bugisu and Sebei. Mbale and Kapchorwa have been affected most,” she said in a statement.

Mbale Residents watch as a school block gets torn apart by floods

Anyakun said up to 10 people have been confirmed dead as a result of the disaster- 7 from Mbale and 3 from Kapchorwa.

Already the Uganda Peoples Defence Forces has confirmed that one of the deceased is Pte Sam Chemulindwa, 26, who was serving in the 53 infantry battalion, 407 Brigade under the Third Division.

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“We condole with families that have lost their loved ones. As a Ministry of disaster preparedness we dispatched our disaster rapid response teams to make assessments,” she said.

Anyakun indicated that the team had already reached the disaster hit areas and were making situation assessment.

Reports also indicate that the Prime Minister, Rt. Hon. Robinah Nabbanja had dashed to Mbale and Kapchorwa to show solidarity with the people and oversee initial response.

The rains have caused a lot of havoc that is beyond individual and Community capacity that the minister has asked the public to leave all the potential water ways both in the hills and valleys for safety.

Minister Esther Anyakun says the scale of destruction is beyond communities’ capacity to handle

Anyakun explained that as rain seasons start, the heavy rains are characterized by violent windstorms, hailstorms and lightning strikes that destroy life, crops and lead to rise in water levels in rivers and lakes.

She recounted that in 2021, over a million people were affected by floods and asked the people to be very vigilant to avoid loss of more lives.

She promised that the Ministry and Development Partners will be doing everything possible to get the necessary help to reach the affected people.

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The minister asked churches, schools and other public facilities not affected by the current floods to host the homeless and those in dangerous areas as expected more rain could cause more deaths and destruction.

She directed the district disaster management committees to sit immediately so that they compile the information needed for further action.

“We stand with the affected people. Help is on its way but keep safe,” Anyakun signed off.

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