6 people were feared dead yesterday after a river burst its banks causing floods in parts of Kasese.
At least six people were feared dead yesterday after a river burst its banks causing massive floods and mudslides in parts of Kasese District.
The Spokesperson of Rwenzori East Police Vincent Twesige has confirmed the incident saying river Lhubilihia in Mpondwe- Bwera border town burst on a Thursday morning at around 5:00 am.
“Several homes and other items were swept away today morning when a river that separates Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo burst its banks leading to floods,” Vincent Twesige said.
Those feared dead are residents of Kanone and Bughabirwa villages in Kiraro Parish, Kitholhu Sub- County and the list also includes UPDF soldiers who were guarding the border crossing points.
Two of the UPDF were rescued and admitted to a hospital in Bwera Mpondwe Lhubiriha Town council. The UPDF Spokesperson Brig Richard Karemire confirmed the incident.
“During the heavy downpour this morning one of our soldiers was washed away and rescue efforts are underway,” Brig. Richard Karemire said.
Two students of Liberty College in Kasese and Kitholhu secondary school plus also a 70-year-old woman were among the deceased.
The Red Cross teams, UPDF and Police teams are struggling to rescue two pregnant mothers that are still lost in the floods.
The Kasese Woman Member of Parliament Hon. Winnie Kizza confirmed that floods had hit Bukonzo West County the only County in Kasese district that had survived the first round of floods.
“It’s dreadful to learn that the Bukonzo West County, which the only surviving county in Kasese district was, has today morning experienced floods and landslides,” Hon. Winnie Kizza posted on her twitter handle.
Early this month rivers, Lhubiriha, Mubuku, Nyamwamba and Nyamughasana burst their banks after a heavy rainfall in Kasese district which caused mudslides and destroyed a lot of properties. Floods washed away several gardens, Kilembe Mines Hospitals and bridges.
This week President Museveni visited the area to see how impactful the floods were and find permanent solutions to the challenge.
“We shall take care of the displaced people but this cant be a way of life and we need to avoid cheap politics and avoid deceiving people. This problem cannot be solved in one day but we need to agree on a way forward,” President Museveni said.
The President has written to the ministry of water and environment to study the cause of the problem and find a permanent solution.
This week the musician turned politician Hon. Robert Kyagulanyi donated 13.5million shillings (thirteen million and five hundred thousand shillings) to the flood victims in Kasese through the Kamokya based people power movement.