Overnight stormy rainfall has destroyed acres of crops, 30 houses and injured three people in Pawat Omeru East Village in
Purongo Sub County Nwoya district.
The rain started on Thursday at around midnight and lasted
until Friday morning.
Alfred Kilama, the area Local Chairperson tells URN that the rain was accompanied by hailstorms and strong wind.
The injured people are Charles Omona who suffered a broken
leg, Justina Atim and Isaac Watmon who both sustained head injuries.
Kilama says that the trio who are now receiving treatment at
Anaka General hospital in Anaka Town council were hit by falling debris when
the houses they were in collapsed during the heavy rain.
He added that several acres of garden crops mostly ground
nuts, maize, millet and sim sim have also been swept in the floods which resulted
from the heavy downpour.
Some of the affected persons include Godfrey Komakech who lost one
hut and several household properties, Charles Odong who lost two huts and another resident only identified as Charles who also lost one hut.
The rain also spread to the neighboring Got Nguu Village and
destroyed several acres of garden crops and more than eleven houses.
Charles Odong, one of the affected persons said that he is
now helpless with no shelter and beddings for his family.
Godfrey Komakech has appealed for a quick response with beddings and clothes for the affected persons basing on the fact that it is a
rainy season and they cannot quickly get grass to reconstruct their damaged
Ben Okot, the Purongo Sub County Chairperson confirmed the
incident but said that they were yet to determine the magnitude of the
Nwoya, just like other districts of Acholi Sub Region, is currently experiencing heavy rains accompanied with hailstorms and strong winds.
Last week heavy rains also destroyed the house of Paicho
Parish Catholic Priest, James Okello which is located in Paicho Sub County.
Richard Watmon the Sub County head said that five wooden electric poles were also on Thursday grounded following a heavy downpour.
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