Floods Destroy More Than 100 Houses in Alebtong

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Robert Okullu, the LC III chairperson Omoro Sub County says Angetta, Oculukori, and Omararii parishes are most affected. He says the floods started about three weeks ago following heavy down pour.

Floods have submerged hundreds of homesteads in Omoro sub county in Alebtong district forcing residents to flee to the neighboring areas. The floods also destroyed about 100 grass thatched houses living several residents in the cold.

Robert Okullu, the LC III chairperson Omoro Sub County says Angetta, Oculukori, and Omararii parishes are most affected. He says the floods started about three weeks ago following heavy down pour.  Okullu says some of the affected people have taken refuge at Angicakide Primary School, while others have fled to their relatives in the neighboring sub counties. 
According to records at the district a total of 3307 people are affected by the floods. David Kennedy Odongo, Alebtongdistrict LC V chairperson says only Red Cross has visited the area to asses thesituation of the affected people.  He this area is affected by floods after everybetween five and six years.  He says in 2002, 2007 the same area experienced severe flooding. 
Denis Hamson Obua,the area MP has asked government to intervene and support the affected people. Hesays information about the affected people was submitted to the office of theprime minister about one week ago. On Sunday, Musa Ecweru, the state minister for disaster preparedness made an impromptu visit to Alebtong district to asses the damage caused by the floods. 
He pledged government interventions to help the affected people.  Ecweru also said he has asked aid agencies to channel their efforts into providing fast yielding seeds to help the population recover from damage caused by floods. 
Alebtong and Otuke districts are prone to flooding. In 2007, Abako, Omoro, and Apala sub counties in thethen greater Lira district experienced floods, which affected more than 4000people.

 

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Ronald Odongo
Ronald Odongo is the URN Bureau Chief Lira, Northern Uganda.A multimedia Journalist, Media trainer and investigative enthusiast. Lira,Apac,Dokolo,Oyam, Kwania, Otuke, Amolatar,and Alebtong districts fall under his docket. Odongo has been a URN staff member since 2012 though he had been a contributor since 2006.

Odongo started out as a bicycle reporter for Radio Unity in 2004. He was Radio Rhino FM's senior reporter, Luo news anchor and station producer between 2006 and 2011. Odongo started out as a freelance writer for Uganda Radio Network in 2006.

Odongo is particularly interested in reporting on community health, and education concerns. Good governance and human rights beats are dear to Odongo as a former Lord’s Resistance Army rebels captive 1996-1998.