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Police Abondon Search for Karuma Accident Victims

Alli Batit, the Uganda Wildlife Authority - UWA Warden Murchison Falls Game Park told URN on Tuesday that they are engaging a group of fishermen to help in the search of the victims.
Traffic police officer and other Spectators looking at the spot at which the accident at Karumba Bridge
The Police Marine Unit has called off the search for the victims of the Friday Karuma bridge accident. A tata truck ferrying dry cassava from Pakwach to Hoima lost control at Karuma Bridge, and plunged into River Nile with its occupants.

The bodies of the produce dealer, the driver and the turn-man, all residents of Soroti Municipality are still missing. The accident victims include Ibrahim Abunyang, the owner of the Cassava, Faruku Arafat, the driver and his turn man, Karibu Saridi Baraza. 

Bosco Otim, the Aswa Region Police Commander, says the Police Marine Unit has tried to search for the accident victims in vain. According to Otim, the search efforts by divers from the Police Marine Unit and regular police personnel have largely been frustrated by the fast flowing water and the high water level that has continued increasing each day.

He says the only remaining option is to engage Sinohydro Corporation Ltd, the Chinese firm undertaking the works at the new Karuma Power dam to take over the search for the victims and the wreckage of the truck. He says the police leadership is in talks with the Chinese firm over the possibility of joining the search.  

Alli Batit, the Uganda Wildlife Authority - UWA Warden Murchison Falls Game Park told URN on Tuesday that they are engaging a group of fishermen to help in the search of the victims. The families of the victims held funeral prayers at their home in Soroti town. Suwed Musafire, a relative to the victims, says they decided to hold the funeral prayers after losing hope of recovering the bodies.