300 Families In Rakai Left Homeless

More than 300 people in Rakai are stranded after a heavy rainstorm destroyed their homes.

The rainstorm on Sunday evening pounded several homes in Kasasa and Kakuuto Sub Counties.

Ronald Mutuunzi, the officer in charge of Kasasa police post, says that about 40 houses including a police post, a primary school and a Pentecostal church were destroyed.

Several acres of beans, maize, cassava and banana plantations, were not saved either by the severe storm.

Pastor Dick Ssebandeke, the Director of Kasasa Gospel primary school says 250 pupils have been sent home after the rainstorm devastated their classrooms.

Ssebandeke called a parents meeting to discuss efforts to reconstruct a three-classroom block and church destroyed.

Yusuf Ssempijja, a Dynapham medicine dealer, lost about 30 million shillings worth of drugs to the storm. He says his clinic was ripped off its roof exposing all the drugs to the rain.

Ssempijja is a worried man because he acquired a loan to set up the drug store that has now gone with the rain. He wonders where he will get the money to service the loan now that his drug shop is destroyed.

Normay Nakilijja, a mother of five is currently stranded at Kasasa Sub County headquarter with nothing. Nakilijja wants humanitarian assistance because the rains hardly left her with any beddings and food. She says she also needs some medication because two of her five children have developed fever after spending a night in the cold.

Vincent Ssemakula, the Rakai district LC5 chairman says he plans to visit the affected area to evaluate the magnitude of the damage.