March 3, 2014

Wild Fires Leave Hundreds Homeless In Napak

 Strong winds over the weekend fueled bush fires across Napak district leaving hundreds of people homeless.

Karimojong woman ponders for the next move for the water pot in Nakanikan village, Napak district.
Karimojong woman ponders for the next move for the water pot in Nakanikan village, Napak district.

The incident happened 36 kilometres, South West of Moroto town where at least 500 people mostly children and women were left homeless in a new wave of fires that hit Nakanikan and Namoruongora villages in Matany Sub County.

Betty Abura, a resident of Nakanikan village and a mother of four explains that the wild fires burnt their homes while they were out in the bushes fending for their families.

She adds that all the property including the little food she had kept for the children was reduced to ashes. She notes that the family is now residing under a tree, an issue that may lead to children developing health-related problems.

Fire victim in Napak district
Fire victim in Napak district

She further says the bush fires have worsened the situation by destroying all the grass they could use to build new homes.

Joseph Lomonyang, the District Chairperson-Napak, describes the bush fire situation as alarming. He explains that the fires are exacerbated by strong winds that have hit the plains of the district.

He says the winds that usually begin at around 4am are likely to cause more disasters before the dry season ends.

Last January at least 800 people in Napak district lost their homes to a mysterious bush fire at Loburia Apayese village, Ngoleriat Sub County, 18 kilometers South West of Moroto town.

1 thought on “Wild Fires Leave Hundreds Homeless In Napak

  1. The huts are constructed using grass, the fence is dry firewood, there is almost zero distance between the huts, what does one expect incase of any fire outbreak it is massive damage, it is high time our brothers revisit their mode of construction

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