Hailstorm destroys crops in Masindi

A maize garden destroyed by hailstorm in Masindi. (Photo: Moses Andama)

Several people are counting losses after a hailstorm destroyed their crop gardens in Mirya and Kijunjubwa Sub-counties and Kigulya Division in Masindi District and Masindi Municipality respectively.

The evening downpour that lasted for more than two hours destroyed thousands of acres of crops in Kinuuma, Kibbali and Balyegomba villages in Mirya sub-county; Nyinezaramugongo village in Kijunjubwa sub-county and Kyamujwaara cell in Kigulya Division.

Mr Emmanuel Muhumuza, the Kibbali Village Chairman, says the 4pm disaster destroyed several crop gardens including maize, beans, cassava and bananas.

The chairman reveals that the heavy storm also destroyed a house belonging to 70-year-old woman. However, she was not injured.

He now calls for aid from well-wishers since the residents need urgent assistance in terms of seeds given the fact that they had planted all of the only seeds they had.

Beans destroyed by hailstorm in Masindi. (Photo credit: Moses Andama)

Mr Ronald Kiiza, the Mirya sub-county councillor elect says famine looms in the area since the crops they were expecting to harvest in the near future have been destroyed.

Mr Peter Mwesigwa, a resident of Kibbali says he has lost two acres of cassava, some cabbage plants and groundnuts while Ms Specioza Atugonza, a resident of Nyinazaramugongo says she has lost 10 acres of beans that she planted using loan money.

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