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Amolatar Farmers Counting Losses After Heavy Rains

The affected villages include Kitaleba A’ where 120 households were affected, 80 from Kitaleba B’ and some from Nakatiti.
Farmers inspecting a garden affected by hailstorm

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Several households in Nakatiti parish, Muntu Sub County in Amolatar district are counting losses following heavy rainfall accompanied by hail storms that swept through their gardens on Friday.

The affected villages include Kitaleba A’ where 120 households were affected, 80 from Kitaleba B’ and some from Nakatiti.

Muntu is one of the few sub counties in Amolatar district which was not affected by floods thus an area where most farmers especially those whose farm land were flooded had hired gardens for growing crops.

Hellen Akullo, a 69-year-old widow and resident of Nakatiti village and Milly Acai, another widow looking after ten orphans in the same area were shocked to find all their crops swept away by the heavy rains.

They are appealing to the government to come to their rescue by providing fast yielding seeds like beans, cassava and maize for planting in the gardens left empty by the rain.

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//Cue in: “Kot obungo nino…

Cue out: …. opwodo oko duc.”//

Faith Adupa, a farmer who lost five Acres of sim sim expressed fear that theft may result in the area since there are no crops left in gardens.

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//Cue in: “Pe ogo nino…

Cue out: … ame pe lare.”//

Meanwhile Silvia Onono who lost 15 chicken due to the hail storm is happy that her animals survived having relocated them to another spot on Thursday evening, a day before the storm.

“God works in different ways. Imagine I used to tie my animals under this very tree which fell on the chicken house during the storm. What if they were tied under the tree, they would all be dead by now,” added Onono.

Stella Ochan, the women’s affairs secretary for Nakatiti parish asked government to come to their rescue as they have nothing now.

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//Cue in: “Oya odiko onwongo…

Cue out: … atuma nono kiti.”//Meanwhile Simon Peter Ongom, the outgoing district chairperson says the District’s disaster and preparedness committee is yet to assess the magnitude of damage for onward reporting to the Prime Minister’s office.  

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