Heavy Rains Ravage Villages in Busoga Region

Several people in Busoga region, Eastern Uganda have been left homeless following a continuous downpour and hailstorm that has ravaged the area for days.

The rainy season that started early October intensified this week in districts of Jinja, Mayuge, Kamuli, Kaliro, Iganga and Bugiri districts leaving many people homeless after their houses collapsed and others swept away.

At least 10 families have reportedly been left homeless in Iganga district on Friday following two days of downpour.

Zubair Bakagwisha the LC1 chairperson of Buseyi B village, Nakalama sub county, says 5 families lost their homes to a strong hailstorm that started at 3pm on Friday.

A maize garden submerged in Nakalama sub county, Iganga district.

He also fears that locals are likely to face hunger in the coming months since many gardens were submerged by floods.

Locals appealed to government to come to their rescue by providing them with food and other household items such as blankets, mattresses and utensils.

Elsewhere, reports indicate that the prevailing rainy season has led to increasing water levels from lakes and over 1000 people have been displaced since August, 2020.

In Kanara sub county, Ntoroko district for instance, many of those displaced people sought refuge at a nearby health centre which was later also flooded. Others are staying in a local school building.

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