The Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga has mourned the death of 17 people in Buyende and Kamuli districts who were killed in the deadly Monday night hailstorm.
Kadaga in a statement released on Tuesday evening said she was greatly saddened by the catastrophic outcome of the natural storm.
“It is with great sadness that I have learnt about the death of 17 people in the Greater Kamuli sub-region, during a fierce hailstorm last night,” said part of the statement.
The police records indicate that 13 people died in Kidera sub-county in Buyende district while four people lost their lives in Kamuli.
“I have already contacted the government to provide relief to survivors, especially those whose houses and gardens were destroyed,” said Kadaga.
She appealed to local leaders to tackle the effects of environmental degradation that is adversely resulting to hailstorm.
“The hailstorms have become fierce and resulted in fatalities because of rampant deforestation. Hundreds of acres of land have been cleared off forests cover. I therefore urge leaders at the lower level to check wanton abuse of the ecosystem,” noted the Speaker.
The Speaker also called on leaders to mobilize the population to embark on afforestation.
“Leaders must encourage the population to replace the trees. The best way forward is to plant fruit trees such as mangoes, oranges, paw paws, among others. Besides increasing on the forests cover, they will also provide quick financial income to our communities,” stressed Kadaga.
Kadaga is a known advocate of tree planting and the patron of Youth Go Green, an organization inspiring youths and providing them with technical knowledge and inputs to plant trees.