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Victims of rain havoc in Lwandeti appeal for assistance

Twenty households in Lwandeti location, Matete Sub County are appealing to the government and well-wishers to help them repair their houses, destroyed by rains two months ago.

The affected families from Mwilolo, Marrum and Lunywenywe villages said they have not received any assistance since October 3, when heavy rains wreaked havoc in the area, rendering them homeless.

Apart from destroying houses, the disastrous downpour left tens of residents injured and many farmers counting losses after their crops were destroyed and dozens of livestock killed by the hailstones.

Timina Lusike, 70, who is also ailing said hailstones ripped through the iron sheets and injured her but has not received any medical attention due to lack
of money.

Lusike lamented that even the local leaders seemed unperturbed about their plight as none of them has visited the ground to assess the situation, two months after the destruction happened.

The granny has now been forced to seek refuge in her grandson’s small grass thatched house.

The situation is the same for 86-year-old Veronica Nakhukhwami who has been left hopeless after her house was also destroyed.

Some residents said they opted to sell the torn iron sheets to scrap metal dealers at a throw-away price of Sh. 10 per kilogram.

By Sammy Mwibanda



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