Heavy rains accompanied by storms have hit Bukomansimbi district leaving at least 50 families homeless. The heavy downpour which started this afternoon and lasted several hours has destroyed homes, animals, and a church.
Heavy rains accompanied by storms have hit Bukomansimbi district leaving at least 50 families homeless.
The heavy downpour which started this afternoon and lasted several hours has destroyed homes, animals, and a church.
The most affected areas are Kyalutanga, Buyanzi, and Kagaangazi villages in Bigasa sub-county.
The affected residents say that their gardens have been badly hit by the storms with many ready-to- harvest crops destroyed, raising fears of food insecurity in the region.
Some of the displaced residents have sought shelter with friends and relatives neighbouring villages.
Maria Nalunkuuma, a resident of Kyalutanda, says she has lost 1.3 acres of a banana plantation. Her house was also hit by lightning and household property burnt.
Mathias Mulumba, another resident, has lost his coffee, cassava and maize plantations to the heavy rains and storm. Mulumba costs his loss at nearly UGX 3.2m.
Henry Mutebi, a 70 year-old man and a resident of Kigagaazi village in Bigasa sub-county, was rescued from his house before it completely collapsed.
The storms have left Kigaanzi Miracle Church roofless and part of its walls broken.
The LC5 chairperson, Muhammad Kateregga says the district leadership have set up temporary homes and tents to shelter the displaced persons.
He appeals to government urgently send aid in form of iron sheets, sleeping materials, as well as food.
A single mother of four identified as Justine Nankya was seen crying that most of the household items including sauce pans, clothes and blankets were destroyed by the rain, adding she can no longer feed her children.
According to Frank Kayemba, the Buyanzi LCI chairman, the residents are not sure when to leave temporary shelter to go back to their homes.
Another resident Joseph Nkulengera who lost a three-roomed house says it may take him some time to rebuild. He says his family having difficulty in finding a good place to sleep at night.
heavy rains. residents homeless