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Water Shortage as Dams, Swamps Dry Up in Teso

A water crisis is imminent in the eastern Teso Sub region which is still reeling under  a severe drought, ailment threatening most of the major water sources.

In Amuria District, treatment at least 68 dams have completely dried up according to the district records. Some of these dams have existed for more than three decades.

The District LC5 chairperson Robert Okitoi Erisat, sickness says the dry spell has been so severe that even numerous boreholes have dried up.

He says the district authorities have continued to make appeals to the different responsible ministries but with minimal response.

In Kumi district currently, a jerry can of water is at Shs. 1000 up from Shs. 200 mainly in the urban centres.

Authorities estimate that 60% of the district boreholes have become seasonal with water levels dropping continually.

Christine Apolot, the Kumi District LCV chairperson attributed the water crisis in her district to human activity, citing mainly rice growing in the Sub Counties of Mukongoro, Nyero, Atutur, Kanyum and Ongino. She says the district has not suffered this much in her life time.

As a long term solution, Apolot urged Teso district leaders to pass ordnances for better regulation of land use.

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The Soroti district LCV chairperson George Michael Egunyu, recently while addressing a meeting on environment conservation at Akello Hotel in Soroti said that his district is equally hard hit by the drought, to the extent that locals are now digging water holes inside the swamps.

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