By Our Reporter
MBALE: The government of Uganda through the ministry of Relief, Disaster Preparedness and Refugees has assured support for the flood victims in Mbale and Kapchorwa districts.
Hon Esther Davinia Anyakun, the minister of State for Relief, Disaster Preparedness and Refugees says the scale of destruction is beyond communities’ capacity to handle.
‘’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 said.
“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.
She urged people to vacate to safer areas.
Ten people have been confirmed dead as a result of the disaster- 7 from Mbale and 3 from Kapchorwa.
“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,” Anyakun said.
She however promised that the Ministry and Development Partners will be doing everything possible to get the necessary help to reach the affected people.
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.
Prime Minister, Rt. Hon. Robinnah Nabanja is already in Mbale and will head to Kapchorwa to show solidarity with the people and oversee initial response.
According to Nabbanja, the disaster could have been avoided if people stopped destroying the environment.
”The disaster could have been avoided if people stopped destroying the environment,” she said.
The rains have caused a lot of havoc that is beyond individual and Community capacity that the minister asked the public to leave all the potential water ways both in the hills and valleys for safety.
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