Severe hailstorm destroys 500 homes in Namutumba, Uganda

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Hailstorms ruined around 500 residential properties, leaving thousands of residents homeless across eight parishes in Namutumba District, Uganda, reports said on September 25, 2019.

The parishes were Budunda, Mpumiro, Nalubabwe, Kizuba, Nakawano, Namuseno, Nawandagala and Buyoboya, all in Bulange Sub-county.

Intense rains reportedly began 06:00 LT on September 22, which took more than three hours to weaken down. The harsh downpour also caused damage in crops, killing livestock.

Households affected by the violent weather took refuge in churches and schools. According to Mwammad Mubale, a Buyoboya local, schools have been forced to temporarily close to accommodate victims "as they wait to renovate their houses which were razed by wind."

Meanwhile, a resident from Budunda named Bumali Muyinda pointed out that there were no trees to stop the storms, linking the destruction to widespread deforestation.

District Chairperson Saleh Kumbuga prompted residents about probably food shortage, saying, "time for planting has elapsed and it is now time for weeding."

He called to government officials for assistance, "I appeal to the government to help people with iron sheets and seeds for tree planting which will in future act as windbreakers."

As of September 27, Uganda is still experiencing thunderstorms and 72% humidity.

Just earlier this year, the same event occurred when a hailstorm tore off roofs of about 40 houses and ravaged crops in the city.

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