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Heavy Rains Devastate Parts of Namutumba District

The most affected villages are Budebelo A, Budebelo B and Buduuba where more than 80 families lost crops and property.

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A hailstorm has destroyed gardens and houses in Nsinze Sub County, Namutumba district.

The most affected villages are Budebelo A, Budebelo B and Buduuba where more than 80 families lost crops and property.

Julius Isiiko, the LCI Chairperson of Budobelo village says that 20 families completely lost shelter and have been tasked to seek refuge from their relatives and friends in the village.

Isiko further reveals that 58 domestic animals and 104 chickens are reported to been washed away by the hailstorm.

“We had mobilized our people to set up their gardens well and had high hopes of great yields however, several gardens and livestock alike have perished in the hailstorm. We are yet to ascertain the exact amount of property lost since some of the victims have fled from their fixed places of aboard to safer areas,” he says.

 Agnes Mudondo, a resident of Budobelo B village says that her garden located on a four-acre piece of land was destroyed by the hailstorm and she currently lacks the means to feed her children.

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Elizabeth Nakanda, another resident says that both her shelter and household items were washed away by the hailstorm and she has been left homeless. 

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Katoko Maganda, the Namutumba district council speaker says that a team of district officials have been dispatched to assess the situation.

James Isooba, a climate change activist, says that the districts of Namutumba, Kaliro and Buyende are prone to face negative effects resulting from hailstorms, due to their poor environmental management practices like deforestation and large scale wetland encroachment. 

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