NAKAPIRIPIRIT – About 500 families in Namalu Sub County in Nakapiripirit district, Karamoja sub region have been displaced and their crops destroyed following the heavy down pour on Saturday, May 2 that hit the area and caused flooding.
The five-hour heavy rains has caused floods that cut off Nakapiripirit-Mbale road and killed hundreds of livestock in the sub county.
Mr. Toney Agatha, the sub county chief said the rains have washed away the main bridge of Amaler cutting of Nakapiripirit-Mbale road.
He said most of the people on Saturday slept in the nearby schools which escaped floods.
“The whole Namalu trading centre has been affected and hundreds of gardens and crops have been affected by the floods,” he said.
According to Mr. Agatha, although there was no life lost, the current situation caused by floods in the sub county posed a serious threat of hunger.
Mr. David Pedo, the Resident District Commissioner Nakapiripirit confirmed the incident describing it as a natural disaster.
He said he made a call to Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) Moroto regional office about the situation who promised to go and assess the damage caused by floods.
“The situation is bad and am afraid might cause an outbreak of water boned disease if the situation is not address quickly,” he said.
Mr. Pedo said he has directed the sub county chief to compile the lists of the affected families so that the chief administrative officer will send to the office of the Prime minister for urgent help.