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Dozens of Families in Six Villages in Mukono, Buikwe District Homeless

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According to the preliminary assessment, the rains destroyed 16 houses in Lugazi and 36 in Mpatta Sub County. Some of the affected gardens belong to teachers and university students who opted for farming due to the lockdown.
A woman clearing wreckages of her destroyed house.

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Dozens of families in six villages in Buikwe and Mukono district are homeless following a heavy storm that destroyed their homes on Sunday. The rains blew off the top roofs of several houses, uprooted trees, bananas, maize and flood gardens of beans and tomatoes among others. 

The most affected are Bunyagira, Kasokoso and Nakiboole cells in Lugazi Municipality and Bwanika, Kabanga and Buzindeele in Mukono district. According to the preliminary assessment, the rains destroyed 16 houses in Lugazi and 36 in Mpatta Sub County. 

Some of the affected gardens belong to teachers and university students who opted for farming due to the lockdown. Most of the victims spent Sunday nights in the kitchens of their neighbours and started clearing the debris of their homes on Monday morning to erect temporary structures.

Torofin Nabayanga, a primary teacher in Lugazi municipality borrowed Shillings 3million, hired land and labourers to grow tomatoes, which were washed away.

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Cue out...abo buyambi”//

Mathew Mutaziba, a resident at Mpatta sub-county also secured a loan of Shillings 2M to grow tomatoes but they are no more.

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    Cue out: ...nekikumi nekimu”// 

  Emmanuel Mbonye, the Mpatta Sub CountyLC V Councillor has appealed to the government to come to the rescue of the affected families, since they have lost almost everything. He also wants the government to conduct a special assessment and guide the communities surrounding Lake Victoria.

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    Cue out: ...jeyambamu abantu”//

This is the second catastrophe in Mpatta in a month’s period. In mid-September, strong winds destroyed more than 15 acres of bananas and coffee plantation in Gobero village on the shores of Lake Victoria.  

Earlier in July, the Uganda National Meteorological Authority -UNMA warned of very rough weather conditions on Lake Victoria. UNMA cautioned people living on the islands on Lake Victoria, fishermen and the entire maritime industry to be high alert such that they can avoid falling causalities of the harsh weather.