At least 3,500 people displaced by floods in Buliisa district resulting from the rising water levels in Lake Albert will be resettled by government through the Office of the Prime Minister.
Thousands of people in Butiaba and Kigwera Sub counties and Butiaba town council in Buliisa district have been displaced by floods since March last year.
Residents of Wanseko, Katanga, Masaka landing sites in Kigwera Sub-county and Kawaibanda, Butiaba, Boma, Kigangaizi, Tugombili and Walukuba. Others are Bugoigo, Kamagongoro, Kigungu, Serule, Piida, Waisoki, Triangle and Magali in Butiaba sub-county, Kabolwa and Kigoya landing sites in Buliisa sub-county have been most affected.
Flood victims are currently stuck in churches and schools where they took refuge while others sleep under trees as floods continue ravaging the area.
Prime Minister, Robinah Nabbanja met some of the flood victims at Butiaba and Wanseko landing sites in Buliisa district on Sunday and assured them that the government will soon find land to resettle them.
The premier noted that government is currently profiling all flood-affected persons in the district and draft a comprehensive plan for their resettlement.
She has tasked leaders in Buliisa district to work closely with her office to ensure that the resettlement plan is worked on, but did not specify when and where OPM will resettle the flood victims.
The Prime Minister’s office donated 137 bags of maize flour, 27 bags of beans, 845 tarpaulins, 217 plastic basins and 1245kg of sugar among others to the flood victims. Nabbanja was however puzzled to learn that the earlier relief items sent by the government to the flood affected victims did not reach them.
According to Norah Bigirwa the Buliisa Woman MP, the flood victims have gone through untold suffering, arguing there is need for immediate government intervention to resettle them.