Hundreds of farmers in Ishaka-Bushenyi Municipality are counting
losses after a hailstorm ravaged their gardens.
This follows two days of heavy rains experienced in the district
since Wednesday. The hailstorm affected three villages of Ryamabengwa, Katungu and Mutojjo,
all in Central division Bushenyi Ishaka Municipality.
The downpour that contained was characterized by heavy winds destroyed
beans, eggplants, tomatoes, banana plantations, cassava and houses.
Residents, whose houses were destroyed, have sought shelter at Ryamabengwa Church.
Francis Muhanguzi, a resident of Ryamabengwa who lost an acre of tomatoes said
he had invested money in his business but now he can’t cater for his family.
Essau Byamugisha, another resident expressed concern that people
will lack what to eat since they have already been affected by the
Covid-19 pandemic. He says that the
iron sheets on his house were all blown away by strong winds and his three-acre
banana plantation, beans and cassava plantations destroyed.
"We need help because we now have nothing to eat, everything
has been destroyed". Byamugisha said.
George Magezi, the LCI Chairperson of Ryamabengwa wants the
government to come to their rescue.
“We have been affected by this pandemic before it is done the
hailstorm has hit us too, most families are going to be affected by hunger”.
//Cue in: “munonga yeihunga yashisha…
Cue out: …byasigara byoona byafa.”//
This is the second time the hailstorm has hit the area. Last year in November over five houses and
crops were destroyed.