Heavy rains cause havoc in Western and Northern Uganda

Crops destroyed by a hailstorm in Alebtong in Northen Uganda. Photo credit: Patrick Okino

Compiled by Frank Lukwago, New Vision/NECJOGHA

Kampala, Uganda – Heavy rains characterized by hailstorms have caused havoc in several districts of Western and Northern Uganda destroying crops and houses.

A heap of haiilstones in Rudindi Town Council, Mbarara district. Photo credit: Peter Byaruhanga

On Monday this week a hailstorm destroyed crops and houses in Rubindi town council, Mbarara district as well as in the neighbouring districts of Ibanda and Rwampara.

A sugarcane plantation destroyed by aq hailstorm. Photo credit: Peter Byaruhanga.

In Rwampara the hailstorm destroyed crops mainly fields of pineapples and huge hailstorms measuring about a kilo in weight a whole day to melt.

A pineapple garden destroyed by a hailstorm in Rwampara district. Photo credit: Benon Musiime.

Then on Thursday a severe hail storm destroyed crops in Apala sub county Alebtong district, Northern Uganda. About 80% of the crops have been destroyed affecting almost every household in the sub county. Also hit was Kole district where hundreds of farmers lost their crops planted in August, as they almost come to the end of second rain season.

Among the crops destroyed are simsim, soyabean, and pumpkins among others. The Alebtong district disaster team has promised to compile the data and submit to the Office of the Prime Minister for humanitarian aid.

 (Contributions from Benon Musiime, Peter Byaruhanga, Sheila Nakabuye and Patrick Okino)

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