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Nakalama Secondary School H/M Escapes Death as Storm Blows Off Five Classroom Block

By Solomon Hamala

 

IGANGA

 

The Head master of Nakalama Secondary School in Iganga is still in shock after surviving a storm that blew off the entire rooftop of a five classroom block yesterday 2nd August 2022.

 

Ham Mugema was in his office when the rains started pounding however on realizing that the storm was beginning to blow off the roof, he decided to take refuge in one of the neighboring buildings.

 

“I returned back after the rains only to find that a very big stone had fallen on my office chair breaking it into tiny pieces,” he said.

 

“I know it’s for the mercy of God that am alive,” he added.

 

Those injured were identified as Sam Kapaata a cook, Fred Wakooli an Office attendant and Yoweri Biryeri one of the support staff.

 

The injured sustained deep cuts on their bodies after being hit by the flying iron sheets that had gone off from the roof top.

 

They were rushed to Iganga main hospital in critical condition.

 

Mugema urged district leaders to offer support to ensure the entire roof top is replaced ahead of start of the crucial third term.

 

“As a school we cannot afford buying iron sheets and other needs to replace this roof back apart from getting support from government,” he said

 

The rains that were characterized by strong winds started at around 7 a.m and lasted for over four hours.

 

The rains also destroyed properties like houses and crops in the neighboring villages of Bukyaye, Bukoona, Nawasega and Bukkona.

 

The LC one chairman Bukyaye, Daudi Nziranago said majority of the affected families are currently residing in churches, mosques or with relatives after their houses were destroyed.

 

Nziranago said the displaced people are currently in urgent need of necessities like food, shelter and medicine.

 

He has appealed to relevant nongovernmental organizations, and well-wishers to come to the rescue of the affected by providing them with basic needs to ensure they carry on with their lives comfortably.

 

Over 400 acres of banana plantations were also destroyed during the heavy down pour.

 

The LC 3 chairman Nakalama sub county, Osman Kawanguzi urged government to intervene by offering support to the only government aided school within the sub county in order not to disrupt studies of students next academic term.

 

“Most of these students come from very humble backgrounds where parents cannot afford admitting them in other private schools within the area,” he said.

 

Kawanguzi said the casualty rate would have been worse but fortunately most of the students had been sent back home upon completing their second term exams.

 

“There were only a few students in the boarding section who decided to remain since they come from distant areas,” he said.

 

One of the affected, John Tezikuba, a resident of Bukoona village said his house was destroyed and also lost five acres of banana plantations during the heavy down pour.

 

Tezikuba a peasant farmer said he is likely to be hit by poverty since all his banana plantations have been destroyed in the down pour.

 

“I have been relying on farming to earn a living besides paying tuition for my children but now everything is gone,” he said.

 

The school head teacher Nakalama secondary school, Ham Mugema said he decided to take refuge in one of the neighboring buildings after realizing that the entire roof top had been blown off.

 

“I returned back after the rains only to find that a very big stone had fallen on my office chair breaking it into tiny pieces,” he said.

“I know it’s for the mercy of God that am alive,” he added.

 

Those injured were identified as Sam Kapaata a cook, Fred Wakooli an

Office attendant and Yoweri Biryeri one of the support staff.

 

The inured sustained deep cuts on their bodies after being hit by the flying iron sheets that had gone off from the roof top.

 

They were rushed to Iganga main hospital in critical condition.

 

Mugema urged district leaders to offer support to ensure the entire roof top is replaced ahead of start of the crucial third term.

 

“As a school we cannot afford buying iron sheets and other needs to replace this roof back apart from getting support from government,” he said

 

An event to pass out 780 patriots who had successfully completed a three week course in patriotism that had been scheduled for yesterday but was cancelled after the incident.

 

The district education officer Iganga, Baker Kasadakawo said three other primary schools in Nabitende and Namungalwe had their roofs blown off as a result of the heavy morning downpour.

 

The LC 5 chairman Iganga, Ezra Gabula said the district disaster committee is to soon convene a meeting to seek a solution to the disaster.

 

The Woman Member of Parliament Iganga, Sauda Alibawo promised to present the matter before the floor of parliament to ensure all affected people and schools receive support from government.

 

Alibawo said this is the first time in years that a similar disaster has struck leaving over 3000 families homeless, household properties worth 1.5 billion destroyed.

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