According to the preliminary assessment, the rains destroyed 16 houses in Lugazi and 36 in Mpatta Sub County. Some of the affected gardens belong to teachers and university students who opted for farming due to the lockdown.
of families in six villages in Buikwe and Mukono district are homeless
following a heavy storm that destroyed their homes on Sunday. The rains blew
off the top roofs of several houses, uprooted trees, bananas, maize and flood
gardens of beans and tomatoes among others.
The most affected are Bunyagira,
Kasokoso and Nakiboole cells in Lugazi Municipality and Bwanika, Kabanga and
Buzindeele in Mukono district. According
to the preliminary assessment, the rains destroyed 16 houses in Lugazi and 36
in Mpatta Sub County.
Some of the affected gardens belong to teachers and
university students who opted for farming due to the lockdown. Most
of the victims spent Sunday nights in the kitchens of their neighbours and
started clearing the debris of their homes on Monday morning to erect temporary
Nabayanga, a primary teacher in Lugazi municipality borrowed Shillings 3million,
hired land and labourers to grow tomatoes, which were washed away.
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Mathew Mutaziba, a resident at Mpatta sub-county
also secured a loan of Shillings 2M to grow tomatoes but they are no more.
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out: ...nekikumi nekimu”//
Mbonye, the Mpatta Sub CountyLC V Councillor has appealed to the government to
come to the rescue of the affected families, since they have lost almost everything.
He also wants the government to conduct a special assessment and guide the
communities surrounding Lake Victoria.
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out: ...jeyambamu abantu”//
This is the second catastrophe in Mpatta in a month’s
period. In mid-September, strong winds destroyed more than 15 acres of bananas
and coffee plantation in Gobero village on the shores of Lake Victoria.
in July, the Uganda National Meteorological Authority -UNMA warned of very
rough weather conditions on Lake Victoria. UNMA cautioned people living on the islands on
Lake Victoria, fishermen and the entire maritime industry to be high alert such
that they can avoid falling causalities of the harsh weather.