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Heavy Rain Leaves Trail of Destruction, Injuries in Nwoya

The injured people are Charles Omona who suffered a broken leg, Justina Atim and Isaac Watmon who both sustained head injuries.
Wires from the fallen electric poles in Gulu district. Photo by Emmy Daniel Ojara

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Overnight stormy rainfall has destroyed acres of crops, 30 houses and injured three people in Pawat Omeru East Village in Purongo Sub County Nwoya district.

The rain started on Thursday at around midnight and lasted until Friday morning. 

Alfred Kilama, the area Local Chairperson tells URN that the rain was accompanied by hailstorms and strong wind. 

 

The injured people are Charles Omona who suffered a broken leg, Justina Atim and Isaac Watmon who both sustained head injuries.

  

Kilama says that the trio who are now receiving treatment at Anaka General hospital in Anaka Town council were hit by falling debris when the houses they were in collapsed during the heavy rain.

  

He added that several acres of garden crops mostly ground nuts, maize, millet and sim sim have also been swept in the floods which resulted from the heavy downpour. 

  

Some of the affected persons include Godfrey Komakech who lost one hut and several household properties, Charles Odong who lost two huts and another resident only identified as Charles who also lost one hut.

  

The rain also spread to the neighboring Got Nguu Village and destroyed several acres of garden crops and more than eleven houses.

  

Charles Odong, one of the affected persons said that he is now helpless with no shelter and beddings for his family.   

Godfrey Komakech has appealed for a quick response with beddings and clothes for the affected persons basing on the fact that it is a rainy season and they cannot quickly get grass to reconstruct their damaged houses.

  

Ben Okot, the Purongo Sub County Chairperson confirmed the incident but said that they were yet to determine the magnitude of the destruction. 

  

Nwoya, just like other districts of Acholi Sub Region, is currently experiencing heavy rains accompanied with hailstorms and strong winds. 

  

Last week heavy rains also destroyed the house of Paicho Parish Catholic Priest, James Okello which is located in Paicho Sub County.

Richard Watmon the Sub County head  said that five wooden electric poles were also on Thursday grounded following a heavy downpour.

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