Hoima feels pinch of hailstorm

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Men fell the coldness of ice balls in East Division Hoima City. (Photo: Gad Asaba)

Hailstorm has struck Hoima with several acres of crops and public installations destroyed in Kicwamba and Nyakambugu Wards in East Division, Hoima City.

The downpour that began at 5pm left several acres of crops including passion fruit, beans, pineapples, coffee, bananas, cassava and potato among others levelled in Kyakapeya, Kiboni, Kyarujumba and Kikwatamiigo cells.

A banana garden destroyed by hailstorm in Hoima. (Photo: Gad Asaba)

Some electricity poles were also destroyed by the heavy storm.

Mr Jotham Byabasaija, the Kyakapeya Cell Chairman, says the devastation is so tense that residents now appeal to the government for relief aid.

Audio: Byabasaija on hailstorm (English)
Family members assess the gravity of their crop destruction by hailstorm in Hoima. (Photo: Gad Asaba)

Mr David Friday, a farmer in Kyakapeya, says he acquired a Shs3.5m-loan from the bank that he invested in growing passion fruit but his goal has been shattered by the weather calamity.

Audio: Friday on hailstorm (Runyoro/Rutooro)
Men work on a fallen electricity pole after a hailstorm hit the area in Hoima.(Photo: Gad Asaba)

The councillor for Kyakapeya cell, Christopher Balya Sunday, urges government and Civil Society Organisations to provide financial help and food relief to the affected farmers.

“I have approached the Resident District Commissioner who told me to inform the District Production Officer so he can come and assess the magnitude of the destruction for action to be taken,” said Mr Sunday.

Audio: Sunday on hailstorm (Runyoro/Rutooro)
Bean crop leveled by hailstorm as pellets of frozen rain lie in the garden at Kiboni Cell in Hoima City. (Photo: Gad Asaba)

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