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Body of 17-Year-Old Boy Retrieved from River Nyamwamba

Elias Masereka drowned on Sunday while trying to repair a makeshift bridge weakened by flooding on Saturday evening.
Residents spent a better part of the morning looking for the body

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The body of a 17-year-old boy has been retrieved from River Nyamwamba.

Elias Masereka drowned on Sunday while trying to repair a makeshift bridge weakened by flooding on Saturday evening.

Masereka, a student of Kilembe Secondary School and two other colleagues were repairing the damaged bridge to enable tourists heading to Margherita peak to cross the river. Strong water waves hit the trio forcing them to slip off the rocks. 

Jeremiah Bwambale one of the residents of Kilembe blames the increasing cases of drowning on the lack of bridges across the river.   He says residents have been using makeshift bridges since strong floods hit the district last year.

Richard Bomera the LCIII Kilembe Division says they will engage with the district labour officer to ensure worker’s safety is prioritized by employees.  He also re-emphasized the need to build strong bridges across the river.

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On Friday, the Ministry of Water and Environment presented to Kasese district leaders a plan to restore and protect River Nyamwamba. This plan among others involves the planting of bamboo trees on the riverbanks and installing a flood forecasting and early warning system. 

This work is expected to begin this month and take eight to twelve months.

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