Kagadi residents hit by Lake Albert flood receive aid

A member of the URCS hands over items to a Lake Albert flood hit victim in Kagadi on Monday.

More than 300 people who lost their property to floods in Ndaiga Sub-county, Kagadi District have received non-food relief items to help them muddle through the situation.

The items that were donated on Monday by the Uganda Red Cross Society (URCS), Kibaale Branch include: 200 jerry cans, 105 tarpaulins, 12 boxes of soap, kitchen hardware including saucepans, plates and cups, 450 blankets and 320 mosquito nets among others.

The Kibaale Branch URCS focal person, Mr John Bright, observes that more relief items need to be given to the affected persons saying many lost their property when the water of Lake Albert submerged their houses.

The most affected landing sites include: Rwebigongoro, Kabukanga and Nguse that still remain inundated.

“There is need for more aid to help communities that were affected by the flooding of Lake Albert because many people nearly lost everything to the flood,” said Mr Bright.

The Ndaiga Sub-county LC 3 Chairman, Mr Oscar Cwinyai, appeals to the Ministry of Disaster Preparedness and other well-wishers to support the affected families that have already relocated to safer areas.

Among the affected residents of Kabukanga landing site is a widow, Ms Enid Birungi, who urges the government to help mothers and girls in the area.

“Lactating mothers and girls are most affected by the flood that devastated all their belongings. Government should extend aid to this category of people because they are suffering much more than the rest of the people,” she says.

Mr Ronald Jamada, another flood victim urges government to give them startup capital because their businesses were destroyed.

“Our merchandise was destroyed by the flood that swept the landing sites and now we do not have anything to deal in. If government can help us with capital to resume our businesses, it would serve us be better,” he says.

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