Alube Juma, the local council one Chairperson for the area, confirmed that the intense rainfall, along with gusty winds last night, resulted in the collapse of several houses. Roofs were blown off, and an unspecified number of domestic animals and birds lost their lives.
The heavy rains blew off the rooftops of several houses in the area leaving several families out in the cold. It also destroyed several hectares of garden crops including beans, cassava, rice, banana plantations maize among others.
The rains and winds that started on Sunday night destroyed several banana plantations and houses, leaving over 300 residents homeless. The rains also blew off the roof of Busunga town council market and Busunga army barracks.
The rains that started on Wednesday night brought panic amongst residents and area leaders as sections of Nyamwamba, Mubuku and Nyamugasani rivers also burst their banks. The road connecting Kasese municipality to Kilembe remains cut-off.
Dr Joyce Moriku, the State Minister for Primary Health Care, says that the government has imported additional 1 Million vaccines which will be rolled out in May to complete vaccination of those that had earlier received the first dose last year 2020.
Patrick Ejiku, the district disaster risk management committee chairperson of Serere says that a total of 4, 950 households have been affected by water across the district. He says that at least each of the eight sub-counties in the district is affected by floods especially in low lying areas like swamps.
Eng. Paul Logole, the Kotido District Engineer, says that he has forwarded a list of three bridges in Rengen Sub County to the Works Ministry for action. He said the district doesn’t have enough resources to fund construction of bridges.
Over 30 families in tongolo village in Njeru municipality have abandoned their homes due to heavy rains that flood in their houses ending up destroying them and their properties. They have resorted to renting and others have shifted to other villages.
Masaka municipality contracted a Lebanese firm Stars Groups construction limited, to undertake the project works in a period of eight months from September 2017, at a cost 13 billion Shillings. This is part of the construction funded under the Uganda Support to Municipal Infrastructural Development-USMID Project.
Moses Agum, the Amudat Deputy Chief Administrative Officer says they are compiling a list of the affected. He notes that no deaths have been recorded despite the fact that a number of houses fell during the heavy rains.
The rain destroyed over 10 houses, Makayi Hill Nursery and Primary School and New Apostolic Church-Makayi. A number of crop gardens were destroyed in the villages of Makayi, Bulemeezi, Kyetume, Kalagala, Mijinje, Kyamutakasa and Ggulu, among others.
Abel Bizimana, the Kisoro District LC V chairperson, says two children were also swept away in Footo village in Nyakabande Sub County. He however, declined to divulge details, saying a team from the district is trying to find the missing children.