The death toll from Monday’s hailstorm in Buyende and Kamuli
districts has risen to 18.
According to police reports, 13 people died in Kidera Sub County,
Buyende district and five people perished in the sub-counties of Balawuli and
Namasagali in Kamuli district.
Michael Kasadha, the Busoga North Police Region Spokesperson says that the
victims succumbed to suffocation after the walls of theor houses collapsed on them.
Kasadha says that police have conducted a 12-hour
search and headcount of residents in the affected villages to ensure that all residents are accounted for.
“We have finalized our search in all affected areas and we have
confirmed that no new death has been registered,” Kasadha says.
He adds that 91 victims from both districts suffered minor
injuries and are receiving treatment at Kidera Health Center IV whereas nine
sustained serious injuries and have been tto Jinja Regional Referral
Kasadha further says that police has embarked on with efforts to
offer psychological support to the victim’s families and also sensitize the
locals on disaster management.