30 Houses Destroyed in Lamwo Fire

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A wildfire burnt at least 39 grass-thatched houses in Lokung Sub-County Lamwo district, leaving hundreds homeless.

A wildfire burnt at least 39 grass-thatched houses in Lokung Sub-County Lamwo district, leaving hundreds homeless. The wild fire which started at 10am spread from house to house, aided by strong winds. 

David Ocan Kasisi, the area councillor told URN in a phone interview that the fire spread fast as police delayed to arrive at the scene to put it out.  

"I have counted at least 30 houses that are burnt to the ground including those that had harvests of sorghum. The residents whose houses have not yet burnt down are trying to remove household items from their houses. Police have not yet arrived here,' he said. 

He adds that the fire started from Lalak Primary School. Some of the villages already affected include Guria-West in Parapono parish where three houses were reduced to ashes, Kwanodong in Lelatwot parish where 33 houses have burnt down and Omekongo village in Lelatwot parish. 

Lamwo District Police Commander (DPC) SP Eriya Elopot, while speaking to URN noted that the police firefighting truck had not yet been sent to the scene. A team of officers were dispatched to Lokung to ascertain the magnitude of the fire before rescue decisions are taken. 

So far, no deaths or injuries have been registered. Household items and food crops have been destroyed in the fire. 


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Annet Lekuru
Annet Lekuru is the Uganda Radio Network bureau chief for Arua. She is new in this post, assigned August 2016. However, she is no stranger to URN subcribers and readers.

Lekuru started her journalism career in 2011 with training from Radio Paris where she worked until April 2015. She started writing for URN in May 2015 as a freelance reporter.

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