Heavy Rains Destroy Gardens, 10 Houses in Kibaale

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At least 10 houses have been de-roofed and several crop gardens destroyed by a rainstorm in Kakindo sub county, Kibaale district. The storm which started at around 7:30pm on Thursday evening killed several animals.

At least 10 houses have been de-roofed and several crop gardens destroyed by a rainstorm in Kakindo sub county, Kibaale district.
 
The storm which started at around 7:30pm on Thursday evening killed several animals. The worst hit villages were Keisanga and Rukunyu.
 
Keisanga village chairman Kirikaram Maturumayo says about 50 acres of Maize, Bananas, Beans and other food crop gardens were destroyed by the two hour downpour.
 
He says that a family of five narrowly escaped death after the building they were in collapsed. The building belongs to a businessman only identified as Ndaisenga.
 
Muhereza Bagonza, who works on the village health team, says the heavy winds blew the roof off his house. His family was then forced to seek shelter under a tree in their compound. His five acre Banana plantation was also levelled during the storm.
 
Elimegiyo Tumwijukye, a father of five, lost 10 goats and Cassava garden during the rain. He is not sure how he will provide for his family now.
 
Sewante Julius, the Kibaale secretary for production, could not be reached for comment.
 
Hundreds of residents gathered Friday morning to assess the damage to their gardens and try to chart a way forward.
 
Many say they hope government will offer food and shelter to the most desperate.
 
 Justine Majwara, the Kakindo sub county local council five woman councillor, says that she sustained an injury as she struggled to save her goats from the storm. Majwara says this is the worst storm she has experienced in 26 years.
 
Majwara says they are going to present a comprehensive report to Kibaale district production department for immediate relief aid.
 
James Banigwa, the area local council three chairperson, attributes the destructive force of the rain to depletion of forest cover in the area.