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Floods Kill Eight People in Kasese :: Uganda Radionetwork

Floods Kill Eight People in Kasese

They were swept away after river Lhubiriha in Bwera and its major tributary River Kabira in Kiyondo sub county burst their banks Thursday morning.
Residents on either sides of river Kabira remained stranded

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Fresh floods have killed at least eight people and displaced hundreds of people in Kasese District.

The eight have been identitied as Kabugho bwangirini,  80,  Matsika  agnes, 23, Kabugho felistus, 17,  Masika rorontina, 45, Yubu mutsombo, 55, Mbusa kayakers 16, Bwambale Kilema 81, and  Lothorach lokwang, a UPDF soldier attached to mountain battalion in Bwera. 

They were swept away by the floods after river Lhubiriha in Bwera and River Kabira in Kiyondo Sub County burst their banks on Thursday morning. One person identified as Monday Fanahasi kabaliko 35, from Kitholhu subcounty, was rescued and is now admitted at Kanyatsi Health centre.

Joshua Masereka, the Kasese Deputy Resident District Commissioner says that efforts are underway to retrieve the bodies.Masereka also says the main Lubiriha Bridge that connects Uganda to Democratic Republic of Congo has also been swept away.

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Fredrick Sonko the UPDF mountain brigade spokesperson says three soldiers have been rescued from the floods and taken for medical treatment. 

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Sylvester Mapozi the Mayor Mpondwe town council, says lots of properties which include bridges have been damaged by the morning floods which has affected the movement of trucks to and from the Democratic Republic of Congo-DRC.

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The Leader of Opposition in Parliament Betty Aol Ochan who is in the District to assess flood situation wants the government to do a compressive study on the nature of the mountain and offer solutions to the floods.

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Two weeks ago floods hit the district after River Nyamwabwa and Mubuku burst their banks.

The floods also affected the operations of Kilembe Mines Hospital after they washed away the medical store, kitchen, surgery rooms, private wards, and the drug store.

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