Heavy rains leave many in Ibanda homeless

A heavy down pour has left a trail of destruction in Kicuzi Sub County in Ibanda district. Twenty households are homeless after their houses were destroyed by the heavy rain that pounded the sub county for close to five hours on Wednesday.
The rain also destroyed Irimya police post injuring three people critically. They include Juliet Ampire, Ketty Ampaire and her 2- year- old child.  They were rushed to Ishaka Adventist and Kyamuhunga Hospitals respectively.  The most affected residents are from Kitooma, Rwenzigye, Ryakazo, Karuhisi villages.
John Tushemereirwe, the Kacuzi Sub county LC V councilor, says the rain started on Tuesday at 2pm and stopped before resuming in the wee hours of Wednesday morning. Fred Baryaija is one of the residents who lost their houses in the rain. According to Baryaija, in addition to losing his property, where his entire property was lost, his banana plantation is no more because of the heavy destruction.
Denis Ocama, the Ibanda District Police Commander, says they are hunting for the suspects who took advantage of the destruction of the police post to escape from lawful custody. The duo had been locked up in Police post for theft. Melechuides Kazwengye, the Ibanda LC V chairperson, says the district has dispatched a team to the area to the affected assess the magnitude of the damage.
According to Kazwengye, the district intends to petition the primate minister’s office for intervention due to lack of funds to support the disaster victims.