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Leaders call for govt aid as storm ravages Luweero, Nakaseke

Leaders in Luwero have petitioned the government to offer aid as storm ravages the area (FILE PHOTO)

LUWEERO – Leaders of Luweero and Nakaseke districts have asked government to send humanitarian assistance to residents after a deadly storm on Sunday ravaged the areas, destroying their buildings and gardens.

In Luweero, a rainstorm on Sunday evening de-roofed more than 20 buildings and destroyed property worth millions of Shillings in Luweero Town Council.

Mr Paul Mukungu, the Luweero Town Council LC3 chairperson, on Monday, said gardens and buildings in Galuweero, Kasoma, Kasana zones were the most affected.

“Many of these areas are in a complete blackout after the storm destroyed the electricity poles leading to the blackout. About 300 residents were affected by this heavy storm which lasted more than an hour,” Mukungu said.

Luweero District chairperson Ronald Ndaula said the storm affected other areas outside Luweero Town Council.

“We call upon the Ministry of Disaster Preparedness to include our people who are affected. The district is making an assessment to come out with the right number of people affected,” Mr Ndaula said

In Nakaseke, the Member of Parliament for Nakaseke North, Ms Syda Bbumba, called for urgent intervention for more than 200 residents from Kamuli parish in Kiwoko Subcounty who were affected by a rainstorm on Sunday.

The storm de-roofed more than 50 houses and destroyed gardens.

“These residents are in need of help. We as leaders in Nakaseke are trying to make an assessment of the destruction to come up with a possible budget and find ways of assisting these people. It is unfortunate that the storm has come at a time when our people harvesting some of the crops. We have gone through a bad season where many farmers had a bad experience. The weather conditions were very unpredictable. This is a bad experience,” Ms Bumba said in an interview on Monday.

September to December constitutes the second major rainfall season in most parts of the country. The heavy rains contaminate water sources and block drainage channels that will act as breeding grounds for mosquitoes.

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