A heavy downpour on Wednesday evening wreaked havoc at the main campus of Gulu University, resulting in significant property damage.
The stormy rains, which occurred between 4:00 pm and 6:00 pm, inflicted damage on roofs, uprooted trees, and blew away two heavy tents.
James Ojok Onono, the University Communications Officer, disclosed that the affected areas included the roofs of the Accounts Section at the Faculty of Business and Development Studies, offices at the Faculty of Education and Humanities, the front rear of the Academic Registrar’s Building, and the Main Library.
The storm also caused harm to the “Garamba,” a forested reading area used by students, with many trees falling.
Additionally, a tree behind the Administration block was uprooted, damaging a water reservoir tank.
Five vehicles owned by university staff and students, parked within the campus, suffered damage as falling trees shattered their windscreens and mirrors. Fortunately, no lives were lost in the incident.
To mitigate potential risks from live electric wires, the University Secretary, David Obol Otori, ordered the temporary disconnection of electricity.
Otori also mandated immediate temporary repairs to the library roof to prevent further damage to books. Security measures have been heightened, given that a part of the perimeter fence behind the finance building was destroyed by the fallen trees.