Heavy rains destroy homes, crops
Posted Monday, October 14 2013 at 01:00
Seven people from one family were recently admitted to Masaka Hospital with injuries after their house collapsed during heavy rain. The heavy rain characterised by hailstorms also destroyed 32 other homes in Dogwa and Kisekka villages in Lwengo District.
According to the Uganda Red Cross Society (URCS), the afternoon downpour also destroyed 17 houses, hundreds of acres of crops and a number of animals died in Kyanamukaaka and Bukuda villages in Masaka District. “We carried out assessments in the two districts through our branch and our team is on the ground assessing the actual damage and the number of people affected to enable us provide relief,” URCS director of communications Catherine Ntabadde-Makumbi, said in a statement yesterday.
According to the statement, the URC is currently responding to a range of disasters in the central region with Luweero, Masaka, Mubende, Mityana, Rakai, Lwengo districts the most affected. Bonghoho in Mbale District has also suffered heavy rains and flooding.
Ms Makumbi also said URC has started distributing relief items to survivors of last Monday’s hailstorms that destroyed 11 villages in Madudu Sub-county, Mubende District. The night downpour left at least 33 homes and crops destroyed.
The various disasters in the country have so far affected 141, 974 people, of whom URCS says it has been able to assist only 76,215. It has appealed to the government for more.