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Storm Leaves Trail of Destruction in Bugiri :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Storm Leaves Trail of Destruction in Bugiri

Siraj Lyavala, the Bugiri LC V chairperson has declared a state of emergency. This is a very painful occurrence. I ask the people of Bugiri to be calm and united... Lets be strong; this will come to an end, he said this morning. Adding that, Roads and homes can be rebuilt; but it takes time to grow food, yet people need to eat. Thats what hurts the most.
About 500 people in Bugiri district are homeless following a storm that destroyed their homes. The storm occurred this morning following a heavy down pour that started at around 2am and went on up to 11am. The storm destroyed several homes, crop gardens and bridges. 

Siraj Lyavala, the Bugiri LC V chairperson has declared a state of emergency. "This is a very painful occurrence. I ask the people of Bugiri to be calm and united... Let's be strong; this will come to an end,” he said this morning. Adding that, “Roads and homes can be rebuilt; but it takes time to grow food, yet people need to eat. That's what hurts the most."

According to Lyavala, at least 588 people from Isegero, Masita, Nankoma and Nsono Sub County are affected. He however, says the number could rise as several affected villages had not yet been reached by the time of filing this story. Yakoub Igulu, a resident of Nankoma village were more than 100 are affected said they are struggling to survive. "We're trying to do the most we can but there's almost nothing we can do without food and money,” he said.

He said hundreds of permanent and semi-permanent buildings were razed to the ground. Sarah Ndifuna, a resident of Kasongoile village in Nsono parish, one of the worst-affected areas, told the URN "I never felt something like that in my life. The wind was so strong. I was feeling very scared... I was thinking 'God, please stop that because maybe I die today'."

Serious damage was also reported in Namuganza village where several with several bridges and culverts were destroyed. Lawrence Byansi, the Bugiri District Production, Works and Natural Resources Secretary, says the destruction is likely to lead to hunger.Ashraf Chemwonges, the Busoga South Regional police commander says police has deployed to restore law and order following reported incidents of looting.

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