Strong winds on Thursday destroyed about 15 houses in Mpatta Sub County
on the shores of Lake Victoria in Mukono district.
The winds also destroyed Prayer Life Church, plantations of
banana, coffee and trees.
Teddy Mirembe a resident says that the roof of she house was also
blown off by the strong winds. Mirembe says that since the winds were strong,
she could not do anything to save his house’s roof from being destroyed.
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The Gobero LCI Chairperson Mubarak Kyebukula says that they have not recorded
any fatalities during the incident since it happened during afternoon hours when
people could easily escape to safety. He is however worried about hunger that
is likely to hit the area after the destruction of food crops.
The Mpatta LCIII Vice-Chairperson Jacob Kulunya wants the government
to come to the rescue of residents and provides construction materials.
He also appeals to the government to send a team of experts in the area to
determine the weather condition to help the community get prepared for such
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In July, the Uganda National Meteorological Authority -UNMA warned
of very rough weather conditions on Lake Victoria waters.
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 becoming causalities of the harsh weather.
According to UNMA, the lake was experiencing unusual strong winds
of about 25 knots which occasioned in very large waves of above 2 meters high.
Anthony Lubowa, a fisherman at Gobero landing site notes that in recent days
they have had moderate waves on the lake.