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Flash Floods Kill Three In Kasese Town

John Kisembo Siriwayo, the Railway Ward LC IV councilor, says the floods caught many people unaware since it didnt rain in Kasese town. He says most households lost property since the floods occurred while they were at their work places and therefore couldnt protect them.
Flash floods have claimed the lives of three minors in Kasese town. The Mayor Kasese Municipality, Godfrey Kabbyanga, says the flash floods swept Katodoba in Nyakabingo ward and Kidodo in Railway ward on Monday evening following heavy rains on the hills overlooking Kasese town.

He told URN on phone last evening that residents hand only managed to identify one of the three minors. Kabbyanga says the running waters swept the children from Katodoba for close to two kilometers before dumping them in Kidodo cell near Queen Elizabeth National park. The bodies of the minors are lying at Kasese Municipal health center for postmortem and identification by their relatives. 

Kabbyanga says they are also yet to establish the number of households affected by the floods. According to Kabbyanga, they have reported the incident to Kasese District Disaster Committee to dispatch a team to assess the damage before for possible intervention by Office of the Prime Minister and Humanitarian agencies to support the affected families.

John Kisembo Siriwayo, the Railway Ward LC IV councilor, says the floods caught many people unaware since it didn't rain in Kasese town. He says most households lost property since the floods occurred while they were at their work places and therefore couldn't protect them.

Last week, several residents of Hima town council also lost their valuables due to similar floods that devastated the cement production area following a heavy downpour. These are the first flood hitting Kasese town without originating from River Nyamwamba that is known for bursting its banks at least once each year since 2013.

On May 1, 2013, about ten people were killed when River Nyamwamba Mubuku and Nyamugasani broke their banks. The floods also swept away several bridges on the three rivers. The bridges have since been reconstructed.  However, the floods continue occurring because of silting in the river. 

The Monday floods came hours after the Ugandan and Egyptian governments launched a multibillion project aimed at realigning the banks of river Nyamwamba.

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