Thousands Face Food Shortages As Flood Waters Dry Up
Receding flood waters expose massive destruction to food crops
Urgent measures need to be taken to save more than 30,000 people facing acute food shortages.Heavy rains have flooded crop fields and washed away crop harvests in Katakwi, Amoria, Soroti and Kumi in Eastern Uganda.
An estimated 8,500 acres of crop have been affected
“The floods have completely destroyed the bumper harvest that was expected. The situation will be worse as we go into next year”, says Actionaid Programme coordinator Harriet Gimbo.
Homes, schools, sanitation facilities, roads and bridges were also destroyed. The access to remote villages has also been limited by over flooded swamps.
Damages to the roads and infrastructure have increased the prices of local commodities.
Stephen Ochiena, a local administrator says that the people in the area cannot afford the high prices of the commodities.
“Prices of commodities like beans, cooking oil have tripled over the last three months as the most of the roads were cut off by the floods, making it extremely hard for supplies to get here,” he said.
ActionAid is working with partners and the local government to provide the communities with Cassava stems and seeds for the next season.
“Even the seeds that the community had have been swept away by the floods. We want to provide them with cassava stems so that they can prepare for the next season”.
In Budalangi, western Kenya, families are faced a looming famine in the areas that were affected by the floods.
James Opiyo a resident, displaced by the floods says many families will go without food in the next six months after they exhaust their current stocks.
“Many of us are living with the reality that we might be without food in the next six months unless we get urgent help”.
ActionAid has been working with communities in Budalangi area to find lasting solutions to the perennial floods in the area as means of guaranteeing food security and predictable lives.
Most of the 6,000 displaced people are living in camps, some, just a few meters from the banks of river Nzoia without latrines and clean water.
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