Anthony Bigambo whose land is affected greatly by the development, says that he was taken by surprise to find his garden submerged last week despite the fact that there was no rain in the area. The farmer says that he has lost gardens of cocoa and bananas.
Ronald Asaba, another farmer in the area tried to save his land by creating valleys around his garden, but the water overwhelmed his efforts. He said water oozing from underground had destroyed his half an acre of banana plantation.
Emma Baguma, the Bundimulombi Village LC I chairperson, said that over 20 households have directly been affected by the water that has destroyed their crop gardens. He says that people from surrounding areas are rushing to their area to tour and have fun in the water.
Abraham Bamwitirebye, the Kirumya sub-county LC 3 chairperson, said he has already communicated to the district leadership and health department seeking immediate intervention. He noted that the water volume is likely to increase with the expected onset of the rains.
According to Julius Businge, a Geo- Observer in Bundikeki parish working with Mountain of the moon University-Fort Portal, the area occupied by the water was originally a route for the small Nyankiro stream. He said that the massive landslides, which affected the areas in 2019, blocked the stream
Jockus Maathe, the senior Environment officer for Bundibugyo district said that Kirumya sub-county is susceptible to landslides that have often blocked water streams in the area. He revealed that through the office of the Office of the Prime Minister, they have managed to do risk mapping in the district and established that the sub county is prone to such phenomenon.
Robert Tibakunirwa, the Bundibugyo LC V chairperson, says that their technical team is on ground to advise how best the situation can be handled before causing more damage. URN