Ntoroko District, faced with recurrent flooding issues, has initiated a project to construct an embankment along the banks of River Semliki to curb the menace. A private company, Shataman, contracted by the district authorities, is working on the Shs318 million project, strategically placing structures about 10 meters from major flash flooding points along the river.
The move follows the displacement of over 6,000 residents in Butungama Sub-county two months ago when the river burst its banks. In collaboration with the Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO), the district aims to complete the embankment structure before anticipated floods in April, providing protection to communities in the region.
Mr. Richard Kakuru, the Ntoroko District Engineer, explained that the embankment, with a targeted length of 500 meters and height of 1.5 meters above the ground, involves the strategic use of rocks and vegetation planting. Construction, nearing completion, employs a technique using large boulders for stability.
Despite financial constraints, Ntoroko LC5 chairman, Mr. William Kasoro, expressed satisfaction with the local solution adopted and plans to secure additional resources to address other flood-prone points along the river. Since 2019, the district has faced recurring floods, leading to people residing in camps.
Mr. Kasoro emphasized the partnership with FAO as crucial in mitigating the impact of floods, stating that the established embankment structure would bring relief to residents and encourage participation in government programs.
Residents, like Mr. John Tusiime from Kyobe Village, welcomed the construction efforts, hopeful for a positive change after experiencing property losses and disruptions to agricultural activities due to previous floods. Ntoroko Resident District Commissioner, Rtd Maj John Edward Mugabirwe, highlighted the significance of the embankment in improving access to areas previously cut off by floods, allowing for better monitoring of government programs and overall community well-being.