By Anita Rita Matsika, New Vision/NECJOGHA
Bundibugyo, Uganda – Property worthy millions of shillings was destroyed on Sunday evening following torrential rains that battered parts of the western Uganda district of Bundibugyo.
The areas that were most battered include Tokwe, Bubukwanga and Ntororo sub counties. The most affected are Kirumya and Humya trading centres where streams burst their banks and destroyed crops, shops, houses and household items.
In July, 22 houses were washed away in flash floods leaving 2,834 people in 285 households affected after heavy rains in the districts of Bundibugyo and Ntoroko.
A press release by the Uganda Red Cross publicist, Irene Nakasiita warned that due to flooding, there’s likelihood of diarrheal diseases and other WASH related concerns like lack of access to clean and safe water.
“Due to much coldness, families are exposed to diseases like pneumonia and malaria, putting lives especially for children and pregnant mothers at risk. Food crops have been destroyed so there is a likelihood of famine,” the release added.
The LC5 chairperson of Bundibugyo, Ronald Mutegeki said the Red Cross together with a security team visited the area to assess the magnitude of the damage.