DARK clouds gathered ominously over the peaceful village of Kapilingizya, within the heart of Chief Kambombo’s Chiefdom, Chama District as unexpected tempest unleashed its fury, leaving a trail of destruction in its wake.
The roaring winds swept through the village, tearing off roofs with relentless force Friday afternoon leaving families homeless and roofs of over 30 houses blown off.
Over 30 houses, standing as proud witnesses to generations past, were reduced to large cramps.
Two schools, and a church, were not spared from the merciless onslaught.
As the rain poured down, Councilor Genious Ngulube of Kalinkhu ward stood amidst the wreckage, a solemn witness to the havoc that nature had wrought upon his constituency.
Confirming the grim reality to Kwenje Radio, he spoke of 15 houses that had crumbled entirely, their foundations shaken by the ferocity of the storm.
In the educational domain, the tempest showed no mercy. Kombazi Primary School and Gombe Primary School, pillars of the community’s future, had their roofs ruthlessly torn away by the unrelenting forces of the storm.
Beyond Kapilingizya, the neighbouring villages of Chinkhalango and Ng’anjo shared in the plight, their homes and structures bearing the scars of a calamity that spared no one.
Chama District Commissioner, Yobe Goma, struggled to reach Kapilingizya as the raging Kamphemba River blocked his path.
Devastated by the unfolding tragedy, he assured the displaced families of government support.
Goma pledged that an official report had been submitted to the relevant authorities, awaiting the moment when the waters would recede, allowing an assessment of the full extent of the devastation.
And Chama North Member of Parliament, Yotam Mtayachalo, reached out to the Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit (DMMU) calling for the vice president’s office to swiftly evaluate the damage.
By White Luhanga
Kalemba January 22, 2023