Ronald Bakak, the Deputy Resident District Commissioner of Kabale, has urged residents in the district to voluntarily vacate wetlands in order to alleviate the adverse impacts of climate change.
During the distribution of relief aid and supplies from the Office of the Prime Minister to individuals affected by mudslides in Kitumba Sub County last year, Bakak emphasized that Kabale District and the wider Kigezi region have recently experienced the effects of climate change such as landslides and floods, primarily due to encroachments on wetlands and deforestation.
Gordon Manzi, the Principal Assistant Secretary of Kabale District, stated that the relief items, including 13,000 kilograms of maize flour, 6,500 kilograms of beans, and 100 tarpaulins, were provided to 84 households severely affected by the landslides, along with an additional 132 vulnerable households.
Severe rainfall on September 27th, 2023, caused extensive damage to crop fields, infrastructure, and homes in Kitumba Sub County, resulting in the tragic death of Pearl Amumpeire, a nursery pupil at Kanyankwanzi Primary School. The villages most affected by the disaster included Kanyankwanzi and Bukora.