Heavy rainfall destroys crop gardens in Nwoya district

A cassava garden destroyed by heavy rainfall in Nwoya district. Photo by Otti Denis.

Nwoya – Residents of Panyabono and Kal parishes in Alero sub-county, Nwoya district are in tears after heavy rainfall destroyed their crop gardens.

The Thursday which started at around 8pm in the area is expected to have destroyed croips worth millions of shillings once assessed.

Okello Charles Acire, a resident of Oyinya village also a victim says: “My six hectares garden of sim-sim, cassava, maize and rice was destroyed badly”.

He also expressed fears that famine is set to breakout and poverty will live ‘forever.’

“It’s only through farming that we have a source of revenue that helps in paying my children’s school fees,” he added.

Also, Latigo Jasper – a resident of Acut Omee ‘A’ village, Kal Okura parish,  Alero sub-county appealed to government for support.

Mr Latigo reveals that his five hectares of crop garden was as well destroyed. He had planted cotton, rice; maize which he equally said will impose him to acute famine.

The Thursday rain, however, has lost lives of 34 locals in Bududa district after landslides washed away their shelters and property.

A Friday afternoon statement from Uganda Red Cross Society official predicts more deaths as many people are still buried in mud.

Related story: Red Cross says 34 now confirmed dead in Bududa landslides

Both URCS and disaster officials say on Friday afternoon that relief items had reached Bududa for distribution to victims on Sunday.

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