KAGADI, UGANDA: Residents of Kasokero A in Kyenzige town council Kagadi district have been left home after a heavy downpour coupled with strong winds hit their area on Thursday evening.
According to the residents the heavy rains not only destroyed their houses but also their plantation farms hence living them into panic as they expect famine in the future since their crops were washed away.
Residents asked for intervention from the government and their leaders citing that they no longer have funds to fulfil their responsibilities like paying school fees for their children as well as catering for their basic needs.
Tereza Kugonza, one of the affected who lost the house asked Kagadi political leaders to visit them and look for ways how they can lobby and address their challenges.
“Our Leaders should come and check on us because they may take our issues to be minor if they fail to reach on ground,” Tereza said.
Fred Kwemara Kitara, the affected resident, said his banana plantation was destroyed beyond recognition, and his maize and beans plantation were also hit. He said the storm lasted for over 2 hours and left a lot of property destroyed.
“I was in my house, I saw a heavy wind coming. I ran out of the house to seek shelter in the poultry house but it was the first to be blown off. I ran back to my house and resorted to prayers,” Kwemara said.
Kairu Matia Mugobe, the LC1 chairperson Kasokero A is worried that hunger could hit the area. He said many residents in the area were hoping to survive on farm produce this season.
He asked for the government to provide relief items to the affected locals.
“Nearly the whole village was affected by the winds. We are worried that our people are going to be hit by hunger and children may not report back to school. We want the government to intervene and help us in any possible method,” Kairu said.
However, some residents have attributed the hailstorm to the increasing cases of environmental degradation in their area and challenged fellow residents to conserve the environment.
This is the second time the same village is being hit by the catastrophe with property and plantations being destroyed a period less than a year.
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