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Heavy rains sweep Isingiro district, scores left homeless

Locals in the plantations which were destroyed by strong winds. (PHOTO/Bob Aine)

ISINGIRO – It was a disastrous and sombre moment in Isingiro, early this week, – after a hailstorm destroyed over 15 homes, plantations and churches leaving hundreds homeless in Bukanga County.

The heavy rains started in the wee hours of the night on Tuesday, June 4, wreaking havoc in the villages of Kabura in Kashumba Sub-county, Koranorya, and Kikoma village Mbale Sub County.

Banana plantations – in these areas – have been swept away by the wind; Kikoma Catholic Church was put down.

Late last year, a severe earthquake hit Bukanga flooring fourteen homes and leaving over 100 houses in a dilapidated state, including Kirungu Primary school; destroying three water tanks were destroyed.

“We have never seen this may be the world is coming to an end and it wants to start from Bukanga, this is beyond our understanding, , this storm cleared everything, we are just there with completely nothing to eat, some of the men have run away from their homes, gone to districts of Kibale to look for what to do for their lives, thus leaving their wives and children with nothing, so the situation is alarming,” said James Byamugisha, a resident whose house was left in shambles.

Steven Kangwagye, the area MP, told locals to resort to granaries where they used to store their harvests for such periods, adding that government had already secured them

A woman standing in the middle of her house in shambles after the hailstorm struck Bukanga Tuesday June 4. (PHOTO/BobAIne)

200 bags of Posho and 100 bags of beans which are to be distributed to the most affected homes.

Meanwhile, in Mbarara, the same hail storm hit Kakika Division in Mbarara Municipality on Wednesday and left all the plantations, crops like millet, Maize and Cassava cleards

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