Heavy Rains Destroy Crops, Homes, and Roads in Kabale

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The rains have triggered mudslides that have blocked several access roads. In several areas, gardens are submerged in water.

Heavy rains have destroyed crops, swept away homes and cut off roads, in several villages in the district of Kabale. 

The most affected areas are; Rubaya, Kaharo, Katuna and Kamuganguzi Sub Counties.

The rains have triggered mudslides that have blocked several access roads. In several areas, gardens are submerged in water.
 
In Katuna town council and Rubaya Sub County, several homes have been washed away and leaving close to 100 households homeless.

Enock Kazooba, the Rubaya Sub County Local Council III chairperson, told Uganda Radio Network that the problem is compounded by poor farming practices, which, aids soil erosion.

The rains, that started in October, have not only destroyed gardens, but also the roads, rendering them impassible.

Large boulders washed from hill tops have piled on the roads. Most affected are Rubaya road, which connects to Butanda Sub County. Others are Rubaya- Rwanyena and Rubaya-Karujanga road.
 
Rev. Manase Turyatunga, the Councilor for Bufundi Sub County says that unless the farmers and other locals take serious the warnings issued by environmentalists, the rains will cause more damage.
 
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Kabale district secretary for production, also the LC V chairperson Patrick Besigye Keihwa, says that the district has open schools to help farmers get modern farming skills and learn best farming practices.
 
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