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Uganda: Floods Displace 23,000 in West Nile

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More than 23,000 residents of Obongi District in West Nile have been displaced from their homes as the sub-region experiences severe flooding caused by rising River Nile waters.

The rising water levels of River Nile, which started in June, have left Obongi Landing Site and the neighbouring Obongi Town Council submerged.

By last Thursday, floods had submerged nearly half of Obongi Town, filling more than 100 homes, the town’s main mosque, shops and primary schools.

The water has also cut off the road connecting Obongi to Moyo and Adjumani districts.

“Livestock such as cows, goats and chicken have died in the floods while very many remain stranded,” Mr Taban Data, the Adjumani Resident District Commissioner (RDC), said at the weekend.

Area leaders and residents say they last experienced such flooding in 1964 when the then Obongi County suffered severe flooding, which submerged up to five kilometres of land from the original banks of River Nile.

The district authorities have warned of a potential rise in the water levels and asked residents in the low-lying areas to vacate.

“The water is claiming where exactly it used to be some years back and we have asked residents to leave that area because no one knows if the water levels may recede soon since the floods have persisted for long now,” Mr Goffin Gore, the Obongi RDC, said at the weekend.