More than 60 houses have been destroyed by a heavy rainstorm that hit Malaba town council on Thursday afternoon.
The storm that started as a whirlwind swept through the border town, ripped off the rooftops, broke down trees and destroyed electricity poles and cables.
When URN visited the area, live electricity cables were strewn all over the path of the storm while mangled roofing sheets hang loosely on the destroyed buildings.
The rain also destroyed several hectares of food and killed pigs, goats and other domestic animals.
Malaba town council was for several hours plunged in a power blackout while hundreds of people remained stranded with no where to go.
John Ongurapus, the Kataboi B LC 1 Councillor says 12 people in his area lost all their property.
In Malaba Local council, Alice Atiang Adang, the area councilor says many people are stranded with no food and shelter. She says that her office is appealing for assistance for the stranded people.Landlords have suffered the brunt of the rain. Many of their tenants have deserted the houses and have been compelled to do major repairs on their houses.
Ibrahim Musisi, a trader in Malaba says his shop was destroyed and all his merchandise swept away. He blames the landlords for failing to do major repairs and renting out poor structures.
Christine Nafuna, Malaba town council physical planner, says majority of the buildings in Malaba town are either temporal structures or semi-permanent.
ECO SHELTER consultants who designed the structural physical plan Malaba town council has only 48% permanent houses with the rest either grass thatched or semi- permanent.