January 9, 2015

Bush Fires Leave 46 Families Homeless in Northern Uganda

A severe dry spell in Karamoja characterized with fast blowing wind fueling bush fires has left hundreds homeless in Napak district.

Karimojong man rescues building material from approaching fires in Moroto
Karimojong man rescues building material from approaching fires in Moroto

The incident happened  26 kilometres, South West of Moroto town where over 40 families have been left homeless in the wave of fresh fires that hit Louro village, Lomuno parish, Lotome Sub County.

According to Napak authorities the most affected are the children and women who do not have food and bedding.

Joseph Lomonyang, the District Chairperson Napak, says the cause of the fire outbreak is uncertain but is believed to have originated from one of the settlements in the village and spread by a wild wind. He however, says no life was lost in the afternoon blaze except property worth unspecified cash.

Lomonyang asks the community to be responsible take serious caution on while dealing with fire.

However, Lucia Nakiru, a victim says the wild fires arrived when they were out hunting for wild berries for the family. She adds that she is left with no beddings and house property after they perished in the fire. She notes that her family is now sleeping in the cold.

Last year over 1500 people lost in Napak lost their homes to mysterious bush fire across the district forcing the Office of the Prime Minister intervention.

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