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Hail Storms Destroy Over 1000 Acres of Crop Gardens in Omoro

Francis Odongakara, the Along West Local Chairperson told URN on Saturday that more than 800 acres of crops belonging to about 150 households were razed to the ground during the heavy rains accompanied by hail storms.

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Over 1000 acres of crop gardens were destroyed by overnight rains accompanied by hail storms in Bobi Sub County Omoro district. The affected crops include cassava, beans, soya beans, maize and groundnuts that were already flowering for the first stage of maturing.     

The rain started on Friday night and lasted until Saturday morning. The most affected include Paidong, Along West, Along and Onek Adyel villages. Francis Odongakara, the Along West Local Chairperson told URN on Saturday that more than 800 acres of crops belonging to about 150 households were razed to the ground during the heavy rains accompanied by hail storms.   

 

Among the victims are Robin Opiyo, who lost two acres of ground nuts, Godfrey Odongkara two acres of beans and three acres of soya beans respectively. Geoffrey Komakech lost one and half acres of ground nuts among other people.  Opiyo said that his ground nuts had already flowered and would have been ready for harvesting in a few months but his dreams have been shattered due to the loss incurred.   

The LC1 chairperson, who also lost two acres of soya beans, says they are living in fear of famine since the crops were their only hope of survival now that business has been halted due to the coronavirus pandemic. Santo Komakech, the Local chairperson one Chairperson Onek Dyel Village, said more than 50 acres of crop gardens were destroyed from his area.   

He disclosed that the village executive intends to register the victim’s names and crops destroyed for support from the district.  Some of the victims include Charles Olanya who lost two acres of beans, Geoffrey Odonga one and half acres of beans, Nighty Ajok lost two acres of soya and maize and Agnes Ajok lost two acres of maize.   

Ajok is appealing for seed donation from the district so that she can replant them the next season lest she is stricken by famine. Cyprian Odong, another victim who lost two acres of beans said that he had used all his seeds in the house this planting season and hoped to harvest more than two bags.

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