Hailstorm devastates Lwengo

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By Frank Lukwago, New Vision/NECJOGHA

Lwengo, Uganda – A hailstorm has hit the southern Uganda district of Lwengo for the second time in a space of one month, destroying the property of close to 300 households, and leaving many houses deroofed.

The Sunday storm left 20 houses deroofed and destroyed banana plantations and crops in eight villages.

In September last year, a hailstorm destroyed crops, banana plantations and coffee shambas, affecting at least 60 villages in Kaganda and Kabulasoke parishes in Lwengo.

The Bukoto South MP, Muyanja Mbabali who addressed the matter before Parliament last week, donated one tone of maize and beans seeds to the affected families to plant.

He said the Office of the Prime Minister is expected to deliver a consignment of relief items to the district.

“The government has dispatched a consignment of maize flour which will be distributed so that our people get something to eat,” Mbabali said.

Mbabali warned residents against cutting down trees and forests which serve as windbreaks when a hailstorm strikes.

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