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Residents Stranded As Hailstorm Destroys Gardens In Oyam District

Residents of Aber and Minakulu Sub Counties in Oyam District are counting losses following a heavy storm that destroyed their houses and crops.

The storm uprooted bananas and destroyed countless gardens of cassava, maize and cabbages.

The most affected villages are Obangangeo, Opwot, and Boda in Kulu-Abura parish Minakulu sub county.

Tony Patrick Atyang one of the affected residents says his 3 hectares of rice and maize, 2 hectares of beans and 5 hectares of sunflower are no more.

According to Atyang, he is currently sharing a single room with his family wants the district leaders to provide them with tents for shelter and seeds.

Ben Odongo, the LCI Chairperson of Okelo-ogor village says all crop gardens in his village were destroyed. He adds that the hailstorm also destroyed two permanent houses whose owners are now staying with neighbours.

Simon Ayella, the Minakulu LCIII Chairperson is worried that hunger could hit the area. He says that many residents in the area were hoping to survive on farm produce harvested in the second season.

illian Akullo, the Oyam Resident District Commissioner says that they are compiling a list of the affected families and forward the names to the Office of the Prime Minister.

Irene Nakasiita, the Uganda Red Cross Society Spokesperson says their team is on the ground to access the magnitude of the destruction and offer relief to the affected families.

Lango sub-region has been experiencing a series of disasters ranging from drought in the first season and hailstorms.

Last month, heavy rain destroyed over 210 acres of crop gardens in Omarari parish Omoro sub-county in Alebtong district. Five people from the same family in Oculukori parish were killed by lightning during a heavy downpour.


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