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Heavy Rain Destroys Plantations, Homes In Lwengo

A three-day heavy downpour coupled with hailstorm has left several houses and hectares of food plantations destroyed in Lyakibirizi parish in Kyazanga Rural Sub-county in Lwengo district.
A three-day heavy downpour coupled with hailstorm has left several houses and hectares of food plantations destroyed in Lyakibirizi parish in Kyazanga Rural Sub-county in Lwengo district.

 

The most affected villages include Kirumba, Buyinga, Kiwogo and Kabingo where more than 100 people are now homeless.

 

The downpour occurred on Tuesday, Wednesday up to Thursday, each time lasting more than two hours.

 

The rampaging storm ripped off roofs of their houses and left the buildings too weak to leave in.

 

Alfred Behora, the LCIII Chairperson for Kyazanga Rural, has confirmed that more than 200 plantations were destroyed. The villages are among those that were greatly devastated in October this year.

 

He says that much of what was destroyed was almost ready for harvest, posing the danger of  a severe food shortage during the Christmas Season.

 

He says that they have been relying of some of these plantations for food supply in the whole Sub-county.

 

Behora has asked Hajji Abdu Kitata, the Bukoto West Member of Parliament, Lwengo Resident District Commissioner and the LC5 Chairman to write to the Office of the prime minister for urgent support to help the affected residents.

 

Mosese Lwebisisi, one of the affected farmers says his 10 acre banana plantation was destroyed with more than 300 premature bunches on the ground.

 

He explains that he has been harvesting 100 bunches of matooke every week adding that he had also expected to make huge profits during the Christmas season. The loss means Lwebisisi may not be able to service his loans.

 

Priscilla Nakirya, another affected farmer says she has nothing to feed her children and the burden presses hard as Christmas approaches.

 

She claims that they can still plant new crops if seeds, cassava stems and potato leaves are supplied to them in time. She also asked for temporary shelter since stay with her two children while she plans to rebuild her house.

 

When contacted, Hajji Abdu Kitata, the Bukoto West Member of Parliament confirmed the incident saying they have already written to the Office of the prime minister through the ministry for Disaster Preparedness to respond to the victims need in time.

 

He says that the ministry pledged to respond urgently with some relief supplies to the affected residents only that he did not reveal how soon the relief will be delivered.

 

He further appealed to neighbours of homeless victims to assist them with shelter meanwhile.

 

Lwengo district has always had challenges of relief distribution in the recent past leaving the victims stranded.

 

In October this year, a bitter row emerged between Grace Kaboyo, the Resident District Commissioner for Lwengo and George William Mutabaazi, the LC5 Chairman over the distribution of relief items.

 

The ministry for Disaster Preparedness had sent emergency relief supplies in form of maize flour and beans meant for more than 200 residents who were affected by heavy rain.

 

The rampaging storm left several houses, food plantations, schools and churches in Lwengo rural, Lwengo Su-county and Kyazang Town council devastated and more than 200 people homeless.

 

However, the distribution of the food items sparked off controversies among the RDC and other district officials which delayed the distribution of the items another fortnight from the time of distribution.

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