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Fishermen Count Losses As Fire Guts Houses, Shops in Kigungu

Eyewitnesses said that they saw tongues of huge flames suddenly rising from the wooden houses and kiosks in the area. Meddie Kaidali, a resident and former LC III councillor of Kigungu says that residents tried to stop the fire using water and soil in vain.
Some of the conficated boats at Ndese landing site
Fire has gutted several homes and shops at Ndese Landing Site in Entebbe Municipality leaving fishermen and traders counting losses. The fire, which gutted over 300 temporary structures on the landing site, broke out at around 6 pm on Sunday, December 5.  

Eyewitnesses said that they saw tongues of huge flames suddenly rising from the wooden houses and kiosks in the area. Meddie Kaidali, a resident and former LC III councillor of Kigungu says that residents tried to stop the fire using water and soil in vain.

"But the fire brigade of Uganda Civil Aviation Authority rushed to the scene after 45-minutes and put out the fire after two hours." The landing site is less than 10-kilometres from Entebbe International Airport.

Musa Yiga, the area chairperson says that there were no reports of death or injuries and likely cause of the fire by the time he left the scene at 9 pm. However, he was concerned that there was no immediate relief support to the victims of the fire.

"The fire happened in the evening, and on a weekend so it was difficult to mobilise relief items such as food and blankets and temporary shelter such as tents for the affected people."

Robert Kiggundu, the chairperson of Red Cross Society Entebbe Branch says local leaders including Division B chairman Richard Ssekyondo have told him that over 300 houses have been destroyed leaving 700 people displaced.

"I have sent a team of volunteers to assess the impact of the destruction and also the number of the affected people. But we shall do a full assessment report on Monday to guide our response to the situation," Kiggundu told our reporter.

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