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Hailstorm Devastates Ibanda District, 150 Families Stranded

Stephen Bebwa, the Ishongorero Sub-county chairperson several gardens of cassava, beans, maize, peas and banana plantations were destroyed. He says they have started compiling a report on the extent are the damages to seek the intervention of the government.
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A heavy hailstorm has hit Kashozi village, in Ibanda district living more than 150 families stranded after destroying acres of plantations, gardens and property. The hailstorm, characterized by strong winds, hit the area on Thursday afternoon for more than five hours.

Boaz Makanika, a resident of Kashozi cell says that this is the second time they are hit by a hailstorm of this nature although the first one didn’t destroy as many properties like this.  He says the buildings of both Kashozi Secondary school and Primary school were all blown away by the hailstorm.  

//Cue in; “eki kunyita munonga…

Cue out…nabo titukumanya eibaratore.”//  

Francis Katureebe and Sebastian Jarua, both residents of Kashozi fear that the destruction caused by the hailstorms will trigger poverty and hunger as people whose houses and gardens were destroyed may fail to sustain their families in the next few months.

VoxPops//Cue in; “mbeire ndyaho nka..

Cue out…nkahi mbwenu myambe.”//  

Kashozi village chairman Aliphansi Gumisiriza says the area has experienced a long dry spell, and now, according to Stephen Bebwa, the Ishongorero Sub-county chairperson several gardens of cassava, beans, maize, peas and banana plantations were destroyed.  He says they have started compiling a report on the extent are the damages to seek the intervention of the government.    

//Cue in; “aba muziza bayoherize…

Cue out…eka forwarding kampala.”//

Joseph Ndabahwerize the headteacher of Kashozi Primary School says the destroyed block which hosts two classrooms was already in bad shape and needed renovation.  

//Cue in; “tugwerirwe akagwe nka…

Cue out…orubaare rugwire rwamani.”//  

At the start of this month, Kicuzi Sub County was also hit by a hailstorm which left over 200 households stranded.  In August two children were killed and other family members injured by a heavy hailstorm which destroyed the house that they were sheltering in.  

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