Hailstorm Victims in Rakai Decry Failed Relief Efforts

Hundreds of people left homeless by the recent rainstorm in Rakai district are unhappy about their plight.

There are no relief efforts to provide the much needed food, blankets and shelter to the displaced people. The people do not have proper health facilities and its becoming increasingly difficult to live under the harsh cold conditions.

More than 600 people in Lwamagwa Sub County, Kibuuka and Kyanika villages, were stripped off their peoperty when the rainstorm hit their area.

Acres of food crops were swept away by the rainstorm, which gushed through the district two weeks ago. The rainstorm devastated homes in

The affected people have resolved to pitch camp at the district headquarters to pressurize the authorities there to respond to their plight.

Vincent Ssemakula, the district chairman had promised to secure blankets, food and other non-food items for the affected people but nothing is forthcoming so far.

Erasmus Magulumaali, the Kooki County MP delivered some relief to displaced families but it was too little to fill the huge number of people affected by the disaster. The MP has written to the Disaster prepared ministry seeking for assistance.

Abel Ndalike, Lwamagwa Sub County LC III Chairman says district authorities have ignored the victims. He says the district assessment team completely failed to visit the affected families since the problem happened. Ndalike says the victims have started stealing food from neighboring crop fields in the Lwamagwa villages.