MOYO.The secretary disaster preparedness management committee Moyo district Mr Charles Baru has said the district has no funds allocated towards disaster management.

He said this in the wake of increasing floods along the river Nile calling on residents to relocate to safer places on their own to save lives. Access to Laropi landing site, the main gateway of the district is nearly cut off due to increasing water levels of River Nile.

The latest incidence has left farmers in Laropi, Dufile and Lefori sub counties counting losses after their crop fields were destroyed by a heavy downpour on Sunday and Monday nights causing floods and cutting off access to many of the social services in the district.

Ms Masia Lillian, the district female councilor of Laropi and Dufile sub counties said the situation is life-threatening as the affected people in the two sub counties have nowhere to go without government support.

She noted that despite the early warning about the anticipated floods resulting from heavy downpour, the government has not provided for relocation of the affected individuals.

She complained that people are financially incapable of helping themselves during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mr Martin Izaruku, the area councilor of Lefori Sub County in Moyo district said crop fields, houses and latrines were also destroyed apart from cutting off access to social services.

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He is worried that diseases like Cholera could break in the affected areas if the rains continue without any helping hand rendered to the affected population.

Izaruku who also doubles as the secretary for finance and administration confirmed that the district has not received any kind of funding towards management of the disaster.

However, the district is yet to assess the affected communities to determine the level of severity in order to lobby support from central government and other development partners in and outside the district.

This is not the first time community members in Laropi and Dufile are crying out for support after being affected by floods in the past.

The populaces of the sub counties have yearly been affected by the floods but no permanent solution has been reached to date.