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Over 300 People In Buikwe Out in the Cold Following Heavy Rains

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According to the residents, the heavy rains destroyed about 30 houses and three classroom blocks at Matale government primary school and a church. About 20 other houses are on the verge of collapsing.
AnnaMaria Muweesi seated near her destroyed house

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More than 300 people in Buikwe Rural Sub County in Buikwe district are out in the cold following the destruction of their homes by heavy rains.

According to the residents, the heavy rains destroyed about 30 houses and three classroom blocks at Matale government primary school and a church. About 20 other houses are on the verge of collapsing.  

Sixteen people including six children and ten adults are admitted at Kawolo hospital with serious bruises and fractures. Several plantations and gardens of banana, maize, potatoes and cassava were also destroyed. 


The most affected Kasuubi, Ssugu, Kirangira and Matale villages. Lawrence Miiro, the Suggu-Kirangira LCI Chairperson says most of the residents are homeless because their houses were completely destroyed. He says that most of the residents have taken refuge in other people’s kitchens in the nearby villages.     Luganda Audio

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Kassimu Tamale, one of the children nursing injuries at Kawolo hospital, says the rain tore apart the house where they had sought shelter.

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Hamis Lukwago, one of the affected residents, says the rains destroyed their house they had just completed building two years ago. Sarah Mbuliiro, the Suggu Village Women secretary appeals to the government to come to their rescue with some tents for temporary shelter.



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Kiwanuka Mulinde, the Matale primary school headteacher, says the rains destroyed the kindergarten, main hall and three classroom blocks. He says some of the affected residents have occupied one of the blocks while the rest is being used by candidates.

“We are already scared about this situation happening at a time when cases of Covid-19 are increasing. The government should quickly come in to help its people,” Mulinde noted. Mathias Kigingo, the Buikwe District LC V Chairperson, says they have compiled a report for submission to the line ministry and other humanitarian organizations for support.  

Lydia Nakiguli, a resident at Buikwe appeals to the community members to resume the practice of planting trees. She notes that most of the trees in the area were cut in favour of sugarcane growing. 

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