Storm Leaves 50 Homeless in Mbarara

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Alex Mwebaze, one of the affected residents told URN, that heavy downpour started on Monday at around 2pm and went on up to 2pm on Tuesday.According to Mwebaze, the storm first blew off the roof of his house, before it was submerged by rain water forcing his six children to flee for dear life.

A heavy storm has destroyed several homes in Mabare central ward in Kashare sub-county Mbarara district living more than fifty residents homeless. Heavy rains pounded the area for 12 hours living a trail of destruction. 



Alex Mwebaze, one of the affected residents told URN, that heavy downpour started on Monday at around 2pm and went on up to 2pm on Tuesday. According to Mwebaze, the storm first blew off the roof of his house, before it was submerged by rain water forcing his six children to flee for dear life.  



He says the destruction comes after a long dry spell in the area. Denis Muhairwe, the chairperson L C 1 Mabare central cell, says the storm also blew the roof top of two classroom blocks at Mabare C.O.U primary school.
 
 
He says over 50 residents have taken refuge at Kashari sub county headquarters following the destruction of their homes. Deus Mugisha, the LC III chairperson Kashare sub-county told URN that the affected residents haven't received help since the disaster struck the area.
 
 
 
Mugisha says the affected people need seeds for planting to avoid famine in the future. Kashari County, which is found in the cattle corridor, is prone to the dry spell and wild storms.

 

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Mariam Kabasongora
Mariam Kabasongora is the Mbarara URN bureau chief. Mitooma, Ntungamo, Bushenyi, Sheema, Isingiro, and Kiruhura districts fall under her docket. Kabasongora has been a URN staff member since 2011.

Kabasongora began her career as a reporter for Messiah Radio in Kasese in 2001. She was subsequently a reporter with Endigyito Radio in 2005, Voice of Kigezi in Kabale between 2002 and 2005 and a freelance reporter with URN from 2007 to 2010. She was the news editor with Voice of Kamwenge in that district from 2008 to 2010.

Kabasongora covers agriculture, local government, health and faith stories. She is also interested in politics.