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Hailstorm Destroys Houses, Gardens in Kole

The hailstorm destroyed gardens of cassava, simsim, maize and other crops in the six Villages in Adyang parish, Akalo Sub County.
Farmers inspect a 5 acre garden of simsim destroyed by the Sunday hailstorm in Akalo-Kole district photo by Solomon Okab

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Residents of Akalo Sub County in Kole District are counting losses following a heavy storm that destroyed houses and crops on Sunday.

The hailstorm destroyed gardens of cassava, simsim, maize and other crops in the six Villages in Adyang parish, Akalo Sub County. The most affected Villages are Acan pii, Ajok oweo, Abediworo, Akuri Luba, Arobi and Adyeda. It also blew off the roof of three staff houses at Adyang and Akalo Primary Schools.

Patrick Opio, one of the affected residents from Abediworo village in Adyang parish, says the heavy rain accompanied by hail storms started at around 7:00 pm Sunday and lasted for about 6 hours.

He said the storm destroyed his five-acre of simsim, tomatoes and maize.

 //Cue in: “Koti en obino …

Cue out: … myero kony wa.”//

Middy Akullo, a widow and affected resident says a tree fell on her house during the storm and damaged part of the wall.   According to Akullo, she is currently staying with his neighbour together with his seven children as she considers his next move.

George Obot, the LCII Chairman Adyang parish says the storm-ravaged over 70 houses, killed his eight goats, three cows and destroyed crop gardens. He said four out of the 13 Villages in his parish were greatly affected.

//Cue in: “Obin ocwe iyamo …

Cue out… atek ateka ni.”//  

Ezekiel Pame, the Akalo Sub County Speaker, says that the destruction of crops may result in famine. He wants the government and other non-governmental organizations in the area to intervene.

//Cue in: “So many crops … 

Cue out… by the hail storm.”//  

Betty Akoli Nam, the LCV Chairperson Kole says that she has directed parish chiefs and extension workers to compile a report that will be sent to the ministry of disaster and preparedness for assistance.