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UPC urges govt, public to preserve the catchment areas
"The forests that are strategically holding up water are being cut down for timber and charcoal yet they are very strategic in holding up water,” UPC official said.
The Uganda People's Congress (UPC) has urged the Government and citizens to restore all natural catchment areas in the country.
Lawrence Okae, the UPC National Chairman, said all natural water bodies such as rivers and lakes are experiencing increased water levels which are negatively affecting the environment, livelihood and the performance of the economy.
Okae noted that the destruction of natural water bodies is due to the deforestation and swamp reclamation carried out by the citizens.
"The forests that are strategically holding up water are being cut down for timber and charcoal yet they are very strategic in holding up water," Okae said.
"The great swamps of Lubigi in Wakiso district were put to another usage for water and sewerage infrastructure. This is causing flooding in Kawempe and Bwaise areas," Okae added.
He also noted that buildings like schools, hospitals and houses have been damaged heavily across the country.
He further said all roads and bridges are being washed away especially in Kasese, Busoga and Teso.
"It is more critical in Kasese where Kilembe hospital is located.Normal life in such places is at a standstill because people's houses have been damaged heavily," Okae said.
Okae noted that UPC sympathises with the affected families.
He called upon all the concerned authorities to rescue these families.
"The dangers of waterborne diseases are much higher now as most pit latrines are in areas that are flooded and need urgent attention in order to avoid the outbreak of such deadly diseases in awake of COVID-19 pandemic," Okae said.