Flash Floods Leave 100 Homeless in Gulu Town

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Flash floods in Gulu town have left more than 100 people homeless. The Thursday floods, which followed several hours of a heavy downpour, destroyed 28 homes in Holy Rosay sub-ward in Laro division. Many huts were also submerged.

Flash floods in Gulu town have left more than 100 people homeless. The Thursday floods, which followed several hours of a heavy downpour, destroyed 28 homes in Holy Rosay sub-ward in Laro division. Many huts were also submerged.

Marino Ochaya, one of the victims, said that the flash floods struck after a heavy downpour which lasted from 2am until midday. Many household items and crops were washed away by the floods.

Ochaya and other victims of the floods took refuge at a nearby community centre where they have spent a night in the cold.

Moris Loum, another victim, expressed gratitude for a visit by a Uganda Red Cross Society team that provided tents. He noted though that the tents provided were too few for the more than 100 people left homeless by the floods.

The situation remains desperate as they are in urgent need of more relief food and blankets.

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But trouble for the flash floods victims is far from over as Police have threatened to forcefully evict them from the area.

Johnson Kilama, the northern Uganda Police Spokesperson, explained that the victims were occupying a wetland.

Kilama insisted that the environment Police would ensure that all those who had built around the swamp in Rosary sub-ward were evicted with immediate effect.

Gulu district has for the past two weeks been experiencing torrential rainfall which has triggered floods.