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Residents cry out for support after several heavy storms ravage classrooms in Mbale

Part of the damaged roofs at schools in Mbale ravaged bby heavy storms

Mbale, (UG):- The community in Bunanimi Village, Bungokho Sub-county, Mbale District has cried out for support to help rebuild two classroom blocks at Bunanimi Primary School that were recently destroyed by heavy rains.

The damage left the pupils and teachers stranded and at the mercy of nature, as classes are conducted from outside, provided sunshine and rain do not cause any disruptions.

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The outcry was highlighted by, Mr. David Mabonga, the Branch Director Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA), Mbale Branch and a resident in the area. “The affected classroom blocks were constructed by the parents, before Covid 19 but they are at the moment handicapped, hence the call for support,” he said.

On 18th April 2024, the DailyExpress reported how ongoing environmental changes across the Country and the World at large have caused more harm than good. This has been characterised by a mixture of excessive heat and heavy rainfall in uncoordinated weather patterns that masses are not accustomed to.

Across the country, the heavy rains have wreaked havoc leading to the disruption of businesses, education and farming.

In another incident on Wednesday, May 15th, 2024, stormy rains did not spare Nkoma Senior Secondary, Mbale High School, Mbale School of Nursing and Goodcare Nursery and Primary School all located in Sebei Cell, Nabuyonga Ward, Mbale Northern City Division, after damaging different structures within their Campuses.

Speaking to this publication in a phone interview, Mr Mudebo Martin, the LC 1 Sebei Cell said the affected structures were badly hit, as “vehicles damaged and old trees were uprooted by the abrupt storm which concentrated within the City area”.

“The most damaged and likely to collapse anytime because of the poor works that were carried out during construction is one of the blocks at Nkoma SS,” Mr Mudebo stressed.

DailyExpress learnt that the damaged structure was constructed in recent years, using World Bank funds that were awarded to a number of Public Secondary Schools in the Country, including Mbale Senior Secondary, in the neighbourhood.

It is alleged the building had already been condemned by the Ministry of Education and Sports during one of its assessment activities.

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