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