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Flash Floods Hit Elegu Township, Thousands Displaced

The 2021 Flooding

Flash floods on Wednesday night hit Elegu Township in Amuru district, displacing thousands of people and submerging several homes and businesses.

This was after River Unyama burst its banks following the continued torrential rainfall being experienced in the region.

Last week, Uganda National Meteorological Authority (UNMA) warned residents at Elegu Border Town over an eminent occurrence of floods. The agency also tasked Amuru District Disaster Management Committee to ensure that those living near the river vacate the area.

Patrick Lamony Louis, a support staff with the Health Ministry, says over 4,000 residents spent last night on roof tops following the incident.

Michael Lakony, the Amuru District LCV Chairperson, has said a team from the district disaster management was heading to Elegu to assess the situation.

The busy border town which sits on the border between Uganda and South Sudan lies south of River Unyama has in the past suffered from devastating flash floods.

In November 2020, flash floods left at least three people dead in Elegu Town following torrential rains.

Elegu, one of the major inland ports in the country, is located on the bank of River Unyama that empties it water in River Nile.

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