Strong winds have destroyed schools and houses in Entebbe municipality and Katabi Town Council.
The storm occurred during the heavy downpour that started after 2 am and ended at 6 am. The winds uprooted several trees along Kasenyi Road, electricity poles, billboard stands, and blew off roofs of buildings including staff houses, classrooms, and dormitories.
Ronald Musiime, a resident of Katabi-Busambaga, says the storm blew off the roof of his retail shop and his neighbor’s drinking joint.
A few meters from Musiime’s shop is the home of Irene Nambatya, whose two bed-roomed home was affected.
At Nkumba Primary School with 1,400 learners, the headteacher Majorine Kalemera says the roofs of three dormitories occupied by sixty learners were blown off. The classroom block for primary six learners also developed cracks.
Godfrey Sekisonge, the Nkumba Primary School Alumni Chairperson, says the school will require more than 100 Million Shillings to fix the roofs of the dormitories and classrooms.
“These classrooms were built in the 1970s and 1980s and have had minimal repairs and renovations so it was not surprising that their roofs were blown off by the storm,” he says.
He is also rallying the old students, the government, and well-wishers for financial support.
According to Sekisonge the pupils whose dormitory was destroyed will sleep in classrooms.
Robert Muwonge, the Headteacher Chadwick Namate Primary School says the roof of the housing quarters of three teachers was blown off. He is however grateful to God that none of the teachers got injured.
Following the destruction of electricity poles and broken trees along transmission lines, the area experienced load-shedding for the entire day. Some of the poles fell and blocked roads such as Kasenyi and Kampala-Entebbe Express highway, particularly the Kitubulu section.
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