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Homes Abandoned as Runoff Sweeps Through Namisindwa District

The residents say that the runoff from the hilly area has created a physical crack that passes through homes and gardens, a signal of the risk the residents face. They add that a number of houses have already been damaged by the moving mass.
18 Jun 2020 13:18
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A section of residents in Magale town council, Namisindwa district have deserted their homes in fear of possible landslides. The area was hit by landslides a week ago following heavy rains that struck the district, sweeping through crop gardens and homes. 

The incident sent an alarm to residents who suspect that the area is destined for danger as rains continue. The residents say that the runoff from the hilly area has created a physical crack that passes through homes and gardens, a signal of the risk the residents face. They add that a number of houses have already been damaged by the moving mass. 

Patrick Mwatele, the Councilor for Nambewo ward says they are trying to tell the residents to vacate the place to avoid danger. 

//Cue in; “Soil went on…   

Cue out…is normalised.”//  

As a result, families are abandoning their houses and seeking refuge from relatives and friends in areas that are situated at a distance from the village. Philip Walwali, a resident of Nambewo parish says that he sought shelter from his neighbours as a result of water that is oozing from the surface of his house. 

English//Cue in; “Now immediately I…   

Cue out…difficult for me”//          

Luganda//Cue in; “Chabade chamagelo…  

Cue out…kati si jakusobola.”//    

David Alon Nahalome, one of the affected residents, a teacher at Bumbo Secondary School says that he has since vacated the place and rented in the trading centre because the whole area is in danger.    Nahalome, whose house is located just 10 meters from the scar of the moving soils says that people in the area are worried because they have never faced such a threat.   

//Cue in; “We don’t know…  

Cue out…stay away from the place.”//           

Paul Magombe, the LCII chairperson of Magale ward is concerned that the area could be destined for hunger because their crops gardens were destroyed.    

//Cue in; “Naali nga…   

Cue out…sha kwiyangisile”//        

Namisindwa District Resident Commissioner Kigai Wamoto says that all the affected homes need to be evacuated from the place for fear of a big danger that awaits the area since rains are still on. 

English//Cue in; “As you can see… 

Cue out…relocate immediately.”//   

Luganda//Cue in; “Njagala okutusa…   

Cue out…ne nkuba yiyo etonya”//

   

Namisindwa District Chairperson George William Wopuwa says that the entire district is at risk because of the cracks, yet the area leadership does not have the capacity to manage the disaster. He said that the matter has been brought to the attention of the Office of the Prime Minister.

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