MOYO/OBONGI. Residents affected by the rising water levels of river Nile in Obongi town council have appealed for assistance from the government after more than 50 homesteads were affected by the floods.

The displaced people have camped at Obongi town primary school but have not received any support from the government or any other humanitarian organization raising fears of disease outbreak and hunger for the affected persons.

The most affected villages include Namsabya, Obongi town east; Yakenmigi, Calamine all in Obongi town council and other areas are in Aliba, Gimara, Itula and Palorinya sub counties where crops have also been destroyed.

Some of the residents have blamed the town council authorities for turning a blind eye to their plight despite the magnitude of the floods.

“What people are doing is self-rescue. There is no district or town council intervention in terms of planning for the fate of those affected yet the level of water increases day by day,” Mr. Maiku Didi Paul, a resident of the town council complained.

River Nile Floods

Mr. Mokusa saidi Sebbi, the town clerk of Obongi town council acknowledged that the situation had become alarming with many homesteads in the town council badly affected.

He also expressed fears that there may be an outbreak of hygiene related diseases in the areas where the affected people are being camped due to poor sanitation and hygiene.

He said the affected people were taking care of themselves due to lack of support not even from the refugee implementing partners.

However, Mokusa said the office of the chief administrative officer Obongi district had assigned responsible government officers to collect data of the affected people in the entire district for a comprehensive report to be forwarded to the ministry of disaster and preparedness for support.

Obongi town lies about 300 meters away from the bank of river Nile.

Mr. Goffin Gore, the Resident District Commissioner (RDC) Obongi district remarked that the communities along the Nile belt were told to vacate the areas that were believed to be affected by the increasing water level but refused to abide.

He said some unknown number of the affected people had fled to their relatives homes. Last year, over 20 homesteads in Gimara and Obongi town council were displaced by flood after heavy rains.