Heavy rains displace 40 families in Bugweri

Sunday October 27 2019

One of the houses destroyed at Bubenge Village. PHOTOS BY YAZID YOLISIGIRA

About 40 families from three villages of Bubenge, Bukoteka and Busowobi in Igombe Sub County, Bugweri District are homeless following the torrential rains that destroyed their houses on Saturday.

The rains, which were characterised by strong winds, are said to have destroyed houses. Ms Annet Biribawa, a resident of Bukoteka village, said the rain started on Saturday evening and lasted for almost an hour.

“When it started raining, I knew I was going to harvest enough water but 20 minutes later, strong winds came and removed the roof of my house, injuring me and my two children,” she said.

To justify its strength, locals say, the heavy winds fell a number of trees and left several dead animals and birds in its wake.

At Bubenge village, three cows died after trees fell on them. Mr Sulayi Mugalya, who owned one of the cows, said his major source of income was gone.

“I am poor and all my hopes were in this cow. It was in-calf and by December this year, it was going to deliver and I was hoping to sell its milk and support my family,” Mr Mugalya wailed.


The rain also destroyed an administration block at Bubenge, a government-aided Primary School.

Kirunda Mawazi, the Chairperson School Management Committee, said textbooks worth Shs3m were destroyed.

"We don't have where to sleep and appeal to government to intervene," said Charles Byakika, a resident of Busowobi village.