Uganda – Lake Floods Continue to Cause Hardship for Communities

Flooding from Lake Albert and Lake Kyoga continues to cause hardship for local communities in Uganda.

Lake Albert floods Ntoroko district Uganda, October 2020. Photo: Uganda Red Cross

Uganda Red Cross reported that rising flood waters from Lake Albert displaced around 1,400 people in Kanara sub county, Ntoroko district in early October. Relief items have been distributed.

NTV News said many of those displaced sought refugee at a nearby health centre which was later also flooded. Others are staying in a local school building.

Local media also reported increased flooding from lake Albert in areas of Ndaiga sub-county in Kibaale district. Flooding began in April but worsened over recent weeks leaving many homeless and affecting at least 6,000 people. In a disturbing development, the recent displacements have reportedly caused land conflicts, according to reports.

Elsewhere in the country, Uganda Red Cross also said that rising water levels of Lake Kyoga has affected the local population in Kalaki, Kakure Subcounty, Kaberamaido district in Eastern Uganda. Red Cross added, “Our response team on ground conducting assessment. People have expressed concerns of lack of food, fear for malaria among other risks.”

Flooding from the lakes has been ongoing for months. In August the government reported that rising water levels on Lake Albert and Lake Kyoga had displaced over 8,700 people in Buliisa, Nakasongola and Amolatar districts. Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda visited affected areas on 23 August 2020.

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