Food Crisis Hits Alebtong Flood Victims

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A subsequent district assessment report has indicated that a total 3307 residents are in dire need for relief items and fast yielding crops. The affected persons are said to be starving. All their crops were destroyed by the flooding waters while stocked produce is almost complete, according to Robert Okullu, the area LCIII chairperson.

Residents of Omoro Sub County in Alebtong district whose homesteads were submerged by floods are now in dire need of food.  The area experienced torrential rains between August and September 2014 which harshly affected the parishes of Angetta, Oculukori, Alolo-lolo, Angetta and Omararii.

As a result about 100 houses in the areas of Alolo-lolo and Ocokober parishes collapsed leaving more than 500 residents homeless.

A subsequent district assessment report has indicated that a total 3307 residents are in dire need for relief items and fast yielding crops. The affected persons are said to be starving. All their crops were destroyed by the flooding waters while stocked produce is almost complete, according to Robert Okullu, the area LCIII chairperson.

Over a week ago, State minister for disaster preparedness, Musa Ecweru made an impromptu tour of Alebtong district to inspect and assess the damage caused by the floods and pledged fast humanitarian support including relief food items to sort out the affected residents.

But 10 days after his visit, none of the pledged items have been delivered by the government causing anxiety among affected residents some of whom are now crossing to Obalanga Sub County in Amuria district in search for food.

But Minister Ecweru insists the process of delivering support and relief items to Alebtong together with other affected areas is ongoing.

Barbra Akech, the Alebtong district council secretary for education and health says authorities have also contacted several humanitarian agencies to provide quick support for the affected persons.

Alebtong and Otuke districts in Lango region are prone to flooding. In 2007, sub counties of Abako, Omoro, and Apala in the then greater Lira district experienced heavy rain and floods, and more than 4000 residents were affected.

Karamoja, Teso, Lango sub regions are among the areas experiencing floods currently.

 

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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.