The victims are from the three villages of Namusambya, Town East and Kilamin neighbouring Obongi Ferry landing site. They sought temporary shelter at the school after their homes were submerged by the floods.
Ugandas Minister of Water, Sam Cheptoris was among the ministers that marched through the streets of Addis Ababa as part of the efforts to raise public awareness on the need for sustainable management of the Nile water resources.
Uganda and other countries that share the Nile have been trying to enforce the Cooperative Framework Agreement CFA, signed in 2010 under the Nile Basin Initiative have. The Cooperative Framework Agreement CFA once ratified by six countries will replace a series of colonial-era agreements, allowing upstream countries like Uganda to use the Nile for hydroelectric projects and irrigation. The Nile Basin Initiative would then be transformed into Nile Basin Commission.
The need for cooperation has been re-echoed by the Nile Basin Initiative NBI Executive Director, Innocent Ntabana as the world celebrates World Water Day. Ntabana while addressing journalists at Serena Hotel in Kampala, said it is important for leaders and citizens of countries sharing the Nile to work together to avoid conflicts that would emerge regarding utilisation of the Nile natural resources for long term development.
At least seven people including a child have been confirmed dead after the boat they were travelling in capsized in River Nile last week on Thursday evening at Obira village, Purongo Sub-county in Nwoya district. The victims of the accident include Pirachen Gladys from Nebbi, Atimango Jennifer from Nebbi,Onim Joyce from nebbi,Ogen Charles from Zombo,Akumu Odima from Kiryandongo, and Munukoma and unidentified 2 year old baby who died later.
President Yoweri Museveniâ€™s comments on the use of River Nile are likely to play into a diplomatic rift among the Nile Basin countries over plans by Ethiopia to build a multi-billion dollar hydro electric dam. During the presentation of the 2013/2014 budget in Kampala on Thursday, Museveni called on Egypt to respect other countries that share the Nile instead of issuing threats.
Egypt that commands control of over 51 billion square meters annually of the Nile waters, threw a spanner in the works demanding that they be granted an extra 7 billion square meters of the Nile and the wording be precise as to preserve Egyptâ€™s historic water rights.
Concerns have continued to grow over the capacity of the 58 year old Nalubaale Bridge, which also hosts a hydroelectric power dam in Jinja. Many observers including experts say that the facility has outlived its lifespan meaning a possible breakdown is imminent.