Storm in Buliisa leaves many homeless

Another storm has hit Buliisa district, leaving four people injured and 145 homesteads destroyed.

The Monday night storm hit Kigwera Sub County, hardly a week after the first one hit the neighboring Butiaba Sub County killing 30 people and destroying more than 600 homesteads.

Buliisa District Police Commander John Rutagira says the rainstorm started at around 10pm on Monday in the villages of Kirama, Kigwera and Wanseko. It lasted one hour.

The injured persons were hit by rubble from collapsing houses in Kigwera village. They included two minors and others identified as Zulaina Bulasidi and Teopista Bamuturaki. They are now admitted at Buliisa health centre IV.

Several residents are now homeless following this latest storm.

Meanwhile Julius Balinjunaki, the LCIII Councilor representing Ndandamire parish in Kigwera Sub County says that the heavy storm also carried away a boat with two fishermen on board. The incident occurred at Masaka, Wanseko landing site. The boat was found floating on water, on Tuesday with the fishermen missing.

Balinjunaki identifies the missing fishermen as Denis Biribonwa, 25, and Gilbert Tumusiime, 19, all residents of Kichoke, Kirama village.

The second storm comes at the time police is still conducting a search of the victims of  a similar disaster last week.


50 left homeless in Mbarara following heavy storms

A heavy storm has destroyed several homes in Mabare central ward in Kashare sub-county Mbarara district living more than fifty residents homeless. Heavy rains pounded the area for 12 hours living a trail of destruction.

Alex Mwebaze, one of the affected residents told URN, that heavy downpour started on Monday at around 2pm and went on up to 2pm on Tuesday. According to Mwebaze, the storm first blew off the roof of his house, before it was submerged by rain water forcing his six children to flee for dear life.

He says the destruction comes after a long dry spell in the area. Denis Muhairwe, the chairperson L C 1 Mabare central cell, says the storm also blew the roof top of two classroom blocks at Mabare C.O.U primary school.

He says over 50 residents have taken refuge at Kashari sub county headquarters following the destruction of their homes. Deus Mugisha, the LC III chairperson Kashare sub-county told URN that the affected residents haven’t received help since the disaster struck the area.

Mugisha says the affected people need seeds for planting to avoid famine in the future. Kashari County, which is found in the cattle corridor, is prone to the dry spell and wild storms.