Wildfire Burns 33 Homes In Moroto

At least 33 households in Acherer village in Loputuk sub county Moroto district are  spending nights in the cold after wildfire razed their houses.

The fire whose source is not clear broke out on Tuesday at around 1: 00 pm, destroying several grass thatched houses and domestic animals such as goats, chicken and pets among others.

Maria Napeyok, one of the people whose hose was burnt down says the fire broke out in the time when she had gone to collect firewood in the nearby bush only to see fire coming out from the direction of her settlement.

Napeyok said she has lost everything in the house because by the time of the inferno, there was no responsible person to rescue the situation.

‘’All the people here had gone for their daily jobs, others in town, some in the bushes to burn charcoal. So we all returned only to find the mess, explained   Napeyok.

Albert Ngoya, another victim, said he had lost over ten goats and chicken during the fire outbreak and this happened when he was away from home.

Ngoya said the goats were found resting under the huts and they could not run away because of the wooden fence around the home.

Simon Peter Korobe, a resident in the same village told URN that although no life was lost in the inferno, all the properties including little food that were stored has been completely burnt into ashes.

Korobe said he was shocked to return home from Town only to find that all houses in the settlements were erased and people were just standing from bare ground stranded.

John Komba, the Acherer parish chief in Loputuk sub county Moroto district confirmed the incident saying that people are in dire need of emergency support since all the household items were erased into ashes.

Komba said the community failed to put off the fire due to strong wind driving the flames and as a result everything got burnt.

He also observed that the fire might have originated from the garden that was 350 meters away from the settlement because there was a farmer who was clearing his garden while burning some shrubs.

Komba said the wind seems to have carried the fire and dropped into the settlement causing the inferno that spread in all the huts.

He appeals to all the well wishers and government to rescue the affected families with at least blankets , relief food, tarpaulin and other household items for starting up a new life.

Many homes in Karamoja get burnt by wildfire during the dry season due to rampant hunting of rats by the locals and burning of bushes to allow fresh grass to grow for livestock.

In January 2023, another 33 homes in Moroto district were burnt by fire leaving several residents stranded after a phone battery left charging on a solar panel exploded into flames.

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