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A severe hail storm in Kacerere parish in Bufundi sub County, Kabale district, four weeks ago, brought misery to thousands of residents
A severe hail storm in Kacerere parish in Bufundi sub County, Kabale district, four weeks ago, brought misery to thousands of residents whose homes were devastated on March 30th 2011.
Adrine Tibenda the district secretary for education and health says 52 houses were washed away by hailstorm and several acres of food crops were destroyed.
Lauben Tumwesigye, the Bufundi Sub County Chief, reported that that a gravity water flow scheme with its 42 water tap stands was also destroyed.
Many residents described wind gushing through the windows and roofs, bringing down the iron sheets. They said no one could have predicted the severity of the storm.
Yet their stories have once again brought into the limelight government's complete lack of preparation for major disasters, either to deal with the immediate problems or the longer-term task of repairing the damage.
Hundreds of people are still stranded with no shelter, a month after their homes disappeared with the hailstorm.
People have largely been left to fend for themselves.
Following the incident a meeting was convened during which district authorities agreed to extend short term relief, but this has not been done.
Tibenda says that the district is still mobilizing funds to help the victims most of whom are living in rented houses in the local trading centers.
Silver Baguma the area LC5 Chairperson says that a damage assessment report was submitted to the central government, but he has received no response as yet.
Joseph Maira Mukasa, the district chief administrative officer, who also heads the disaster preparedness committee, could not speak to our reporter today. He instead referred Uganda Radio Network to the district production committee secretary, Jennifer Twebaze.
She says the district has so far delivered 1,500 tree seedlings for planting.
Twebaze says the district expects to get hoes, spades and forked hoes from the central government.
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