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Deadly Kasese Storm Destroys 200 Houses, Leaves 1000 Homeless

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ruins from previous floods in kasese

A deadly storm at the weekend hit four villages in Karambi Sub-county, Kasese District, destroying 203 houses, banana and coffee plantations.

At least 1,200 people are left homeless after their homes were razed to the ground, with Kyasenda 1, Kyasenda 2, Mirami 2, and Karambi villages most affected.

The sub-county chairperson, Martin Balitebya, said they are scared of famine after the storm that lasted about an hour.

“Our people have been left without shelter after their permanent houses were brought down. The gardens have been destroyed and the next issue will be famine,” Balitebya said.

The sub-county chief, Ruth Masika, said six people were injured when the houses they were living in collapsed.

“We have registered six injuries so far; two women, a man and three children. Five of them were taken to a health centre for treatment and the other has been receiving medication at home,” said Ms Masika.

She said most of the affected people are being housed by their friends and relatives because there is no immediate arrangement of holding them in any camp.

Ms Masika said with other houses having significant cracks, the damage is expected to go high since it has been raining since Saturday.

She said they are yet to receive support from the district authorities since the disaster took place at a weekend.

However, Ms Winfred Kiiza, the Kasese Woman MP, has delivered 700kgs of posho and 100kgs of beans to the affected residents.

The district chairperson, Mr Geoffrey Sibendire Bigogo, said:  “I am grateful to Hon Winfred Kiiza and the Uganda Red Cross Kasese branch for the support so far delivered. We need more partners to come on board as soon as possible.”

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