Lake Katwe Authorities Orders Communities to Vacate After Lake George Shoreline

Authorities in Lake Katwe Sub County in Kasese district have ordered over twenty households at Kasenyi landing site to vacate with immediate effect. The directive followed the sudden flooding of Lake George in the community.

The affected areas are Kasenyi upper, Mwaro, Kasenyi landing site, and Kasenyi fish market. According to the lake Katwe Sub County deputy health inspector, Dorreen Apio, all people in dangerous places have been advised to leave immediately to avoid any eventualities that might happen as a result of flooding.    

She adds that they expect more water to cross the shoreline because of the current heavy winds on the lake.   

Apio also said that they are trying to stop the likelihood of disease outbreaks in the area due to the flooded waters.   

Residents say they have spent close to one week without sleeping in their houses due to fear as water continued to rise.  

Alice Asiimwe a resident of Kasenyi attributes the flooding to the strong winds and water waves that usually occur at the onset and during the dry season. 

She however says that whereas they so wish to leave the area, they are constrained by a lack of alternative sources of income since they economically depend on the lake.   

Juliet Ithungu, a mother of eight however says that she has nowhere to go with her family asking the district to help her relocate.  She adds that the community is living in fear and anticipating possible cholera and typhoid outbreak because they occasionally use the lake as their water source water for domestic purposes.

Majidu Musisi, the area local council general secretary says this kind of flooding last happened five years ago and displaced hundreds of people for weeks before the water dried up.  He is appealing to the area leaders to provide the affected families with tents and relief food to enable them to have a temporary settlement.   

Natuhwra Ham, the Kasese District LCV vice chairperson says they are yet to receive a detailed report from the sub-county authorities for action.      

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