Kabale Residents asked to vacate wetlands to mitigate on effects of Climate Change.
Story by Daphine-Janet and Samuel (Interns- Communications office)
The Kabale Deputy Resident District Commissioner, Ronald Bakak, has called on the people of Kabale to vacate wetlands if they are to mitigate the effects of climate change.
Bakak made the call today as he presided over the handover of relief food and other items that were donated by the Office of the Prime Minister to a section of residents of Kitumba Subcounty, who were severely affected by mudslides last year.
The heavy downpour that hit mostparts of Kabale District on 27th September 2023, destroyed a lot of property including crop gardens, roads and houses in Kitumba Subcounty, and also led to the death of anursery pupul of Kanyankwanzi Primary school in Kitumba sub county. The most affected areas included, Kanyankwanzi and Bukora villages.
Bakak noted that lately Kabale district and entire Kigezi region have been suffered consqunces of climate change like landslides, floods, hailstorms among others, due to enchroachment on wetlands and deforestation among others.
The Kitumba Subcounty Senior Assistant Secretary, Wilson Byoruganda, revealed that they received relief items including 13,000kgs of Maize flour, 6500 Kgs of beans and 100 pieces of Tarpaulin.
According to the Kabale District Principal Assistant Secretary, Gordon Manzi, the guidelines from the Office of Prime Minister, the relief items are supposed to be distributed to 84 households most affected by the landslides and other 132 vulnerable households. The other households include, households headed by widows, the sick, the elderly, child headed households, households headed by people living with HIV/Aids and those headed by persons with disability.