Gardens and houses worth millions of shillings were last evening
ravaged in a heavy down pour that hit Rwamucucu sub county Kabale
Over 50 homes from Shooko and Ahamunyinya villages were in Nyarurambi
parish left stranded after their food crops including sorghum, Irish
potatoes, and cabbages among others were destroyed by the heavy rains.
A total of five houses were also destroyed by the running water that
had heavy stones. Several feeder roads were also left impassable and
the locals spent most of the day clearing the roads.
Peace Ndyomugyenyi one of the locals whose house was swept away said
that she is afraid of her next source of livelihood.
She says that she is afraid of famine outbreak that may hit them
following the destruction of their crops and gardens by a heavy down
The parish priest of St. Andrew’s Church of Uganda, Rev. Laban Mugisha
in Shooko said that they were in shock after being hit by this tragedy.
The Rwamucucu Sub-County Councilor Eddy Mugisha said that this was the
first time in over 60 years for this Sub-County to experience such a
heavy down pour and thus most locals were not aware of how to deal
with such a disaster. He adds that they want to approach district
authorities for immediate relief so that the affected families are not
hit by famine.
The executive director for Sustainable Sanitation and Water Renewal
Systems (SSWRS), a local NGO dealing in environment protection
Victoria Abigail Atukunda, attributed the disaster to the tendency of
locals of abandoning the traditional farming methods of terracing and
using ridges that would control the running water.