By Weswa Ronnie, ELGON FM/NECJOGHA
Manafwa, Uganda – Residents of Bufumbula Parish and Busukaya sub parish in the eastern Uganda district of Manafwa have been left homeless after heavy rain destroyed houses, roads, bridges and crops in the area.
This follows the heavy downpour with hailstorms which started at around 3am on Monday morning. Some residents we spoke to who included Wakholi Yusuf and Wandawa Rhona said the heavy rains destroyed most of their houses and crops like maize, bananas, beans, onions, rice, cassava and sweet potatoes and now they are left with no food and shelter. They appealed to government to come to their assistance.
Namutosi Evelyne, Councilor at Busukuya Sub County is among the victims whose house was unroofed by the rains.
“The roof of the house was blown off that night and all the 11 people who were in the house had to run outside for safety. My three month baby collapsed was taken to the nearby health centre at the sub county that very night. We now have nowhere to sleep,” Namutosi said.
The chairman LC2 of Bufumbula Parish, Odongo Sam said around 200 farmers are affected and will need some seeds to replant again.
The District Natural Resources Officer, Manafwa District, Sarah Bisikwa said some children can’t cross to go to school and this has affected government employees who also can’t reach their work stations.
John Musila, the LC5 Chairman of Manafwa said about 45 bridges in the district have been damaged including a new one under construction by the Chinese.
“You can’t cross over from Bukewa from Mwikaya around Magogo subcounty. Even the cable bridge at Tongoy has one of the pylons holding it damaged and if there is no urgent action taken to repair the bridge it may cave in,” Musila said.
The Resident District Commissioner (RDC) of Manafwa District, Washike Ahmed said the extent of devastation is big and people’s crops in the gardens have been lost and yet it was the only source of income and food for these people. He promised the locals that he is going to work together with district leaders of Manafwa to seek some help from the Office of the Prime Minister.