March 2, 2024

Hailstorm leaves a trail of destruction in Kakumiro and Kagadi

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KAGADI/KAKUMIRO

Over 100 people have left stranded after a heavy hailstorm devastated Kakumiro and Kagadi districts.

About 10 people were left injured in Bulwada village, Kijangi Sub County, Kakumiro district when the house in which they had taken refugee was brought down by the storm.
Ms Teopistar Nalubega a resident of Bulwada village said that the rain which started on Sunday at around 4pm de-roofed her house and left all occupants injured.

‘‘We survived by running into the nearby banana plantations. We suffered injuries and lost several household items. We are also calling upon the district leadership to come to our rescue because we lost our crops more especially banana plantations’’ Nalubega said.

Other hard-hit areas are Kaisanga, Buludwa, and Nyakatete and Ijaramba villages.

The rainstorm left a trail of property, crop and animal destruction.
On Wednesday March 3, 2021, another heavy hailstorm ravaged Kikwaya Sub County in Kakumiro district and left over 10 houses destroyed.

Two schools were not spared by the storm. They are Holy Angels School, and St Peters Nursery and primary school. The victims whose houses were destroyed are taking refuge in their neighbors’ homes.

Ms Jane Nakasi a resident of Kikwaya said that the storm destroyed her house.
‘‘The strong wind destroyed my house and am currently taking refuge at my neighbor’s place. I want sympathizers to help me’’ Nakasi said.

Mr. Godfrey Barugahare the Kakumiro district secretary for natural resources and production said the district had dispatched to study the magnitude of damage caused the storm.

‘‘We have got information on how several people have been affected the storm. Crop gardens have been destroyed and animals killed. However, we have sent a team extension workers to assess the situation on ground’’ Barugahare said.

The LCIII Chairperson for Kiryanga sub county Mr. Albert Kwizera said that the Sunday hailstorm destroyed over 50 houses leaving dozens of people stranded. The storm de-roofed the Kikonda parish church of Uganda, Victory church and Nyamiringa COU all in Kiryanga Sub County.

According to the recently released disaster atlas, hailstorms are common in Elgon, Bukedi, Central 1 and western Uganda, while windstorms are a constant disaster in Elgon, Bukedi, Teso, Ankole, Bunyoro, Rwenzori, South-western and western. Parts of West Nile and Lake Victoria basin are also prone to windstorms. Data from the atlas indicate that the disasters affect agriculture leading to food insecurity.

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