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200 Families Left Homeless as Hailstorm Devastates Kibaale

The two-day heavy downpour that started on Monday evening until Tuesday evening affected villages of Kanooga, Kakihimbara, Kaisobakara, and Kayunga in Matale Sub County, Kiganda in Kyahazihire sub-county, Kiziizi Cell, Buyanja Cell and Karuguuza Cell all in Kibaale town Council.
The massive destruction caused by hailstorm in Kanooga village matale sub county in Kibaale district.

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More than 200 families in Kibaale District are homeless after they were displaced by heavy rains.

The hailstorm also destroyed several crop gardens and Banana plantations among others.

The two-day heavy downpour that started on Monday evening until Tuesday evening affected villages of Kanooga, Kakihimbara, Kaisobakara, and Kayunga in Matale Sub County, Kiganda in Kyahazihire sub-county, Kiziizi Cell, Buyanja Cell and Karuguuza Cell all in Kibaale town Council.    

Two residents Oliver Katusabe and her young daughter were left injured when their house collapsed. They are currently admitted at Buseesa Health Centre III nursing severe wounds.

The heavy downpour also left the roof of Kiganda Church of Uganda in Kyakazihire sub-county blown off and dozens of domestic animals including goats, pigs and cows killed.

Josephine Tibenda a resident of Kayunga wants the government to intervene and provide relief items

//Cue in;”Ebitakuli byona byona…

Cue out:…ga mani mutuyambe.”// 

Norah Nkwasibwe, a resident of Kakihimbara says she lost three acres of beans to the hailstorm.

//Cue in;"baire gwa munonga…

Cue out:…mp waitu otuyambe.”//   

Herbert Sekaja, the LCIII Chairperson for Matale sub-county says the roof of several buildings were blown off and more than 100 huts were destroyed by the storm.

//cue in;”Kiri kintu kibi…

Cue out:…Abatusingaho baitu abu.’//      

Charles Asiimwe the LCV Councilor Matale Sub County says that some of the affected families are currently being accommodated by their neighbours as they raise money to rebuild their destroyed house    

//cue in;”Nyina kusasa kwingi…

Cue out:…twa konyera abantubaitu.”//  

Gerald Serunkuma, the Assistant Agricultural Officer Matale Sub County says the district production department will soon file a report to the office of the Prime Minister for intervention.   

//cue in;” Nitukora an assessment…

Cue out:…Abantubanu Bayambibwa bataha.”//   

In September, more than 200 farmers in Kakumiro district were left counting losses after a hailstorm ravaged their gardens.  The affected residents were from the sub counties of Kibijjo, Kikoora, Kakindo Kasingo, Ibambara, Kanyawawa and Kitaihuka town council.

The hailstorm destroyed several acres of beans, cassava, sweet potatoes, groundnuts and banana plantations while some animals including goats also died.