By Betty Mujungu, VOICE OF TOORO/NECJOGHA
Fort Portal, Uganda – A primary school in the Southwestern Ugandan district of Ntoroko has not opened for a week after flash floods submerged it.
New Hope Primary School in Rwebisengo Town Council in Ntoroko district is the one which has been affected leaving students and teachers with no way to access it.
Apart from Rwebisengo Town Council, other affected areas are Kayanja 1 and Kayanja 2 all in Ntoroko District.
Dan Tusiime the councilor for Rwebisengo Town Council said that what is causing the flooding are the narrow culverts and drainage channels which get blocked during heavy rain leading to water flooding everywhere. He blamed local government authorities for turning a blind eye to their problems.
“We have reported this to the CA0 (Chief Administrative Officer) at the district and the town council but they don’t care. They are just concerned at misappropriating public funds,” Tusiime said. He added that people’s latrines had also been brought down raising fears for outbreak of diseases like cholera and other waterborne diseases.
He called on both local and national leaders to come to the aid of the people of Rwebisengo.
In a press release last Monday by the publicist of the Uganda Red Cross, Irene Nakasiita, the heavy rains hit Bundibugyo and Ntoroko on Sunday July 21st.
She said 24 houses were washed away in the floods leaving 2,834 people in 285 households affected in the districts of Bundibugyo and Ntoroko.