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Four killed as floods sweep Kilembe Mines Hospital

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By Enid Ninsiima & Thembo Kahungu Misairi

Posted  Sunday, May 11  2014 at  01:00

In Summary

Three died in a stampede as patients were being evacuated, while the other collapsed after getting false news of his wife’s death.

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Kasese- Four people are said to have died as they were being evacuated at Kilembe Mines Hospital following the flooding of River Nyamwamba.

The assistant Kilembe Mines Hospital medical superintendent, Dr Robert Tiondi, confirmed the death of two children and one woman who died in the process of being evacuated from the hospital. He however said 195 patients have been rescued.

Dr Tiondi identified the dead as Lucia Bwongereza,77 a resident of Ibanda village in Bugoye Sub-county, a four-days-old baby and an unidentified four-year-old boy.

He said Lucia died in a stampede as patients were fleeing from the hospital, while the young ones were in an intensive care.

He said the fourth person, died at Kasese municipal health Centre III where they were rushed.

The officer in charge of Maliba Police Post, Mr James Kindubukira, said Laurence Mulekya, 35, a resident of Maliba Trading center, died on the way to hospital after he collapsed on receiving news that his wife had drowned in River Kithakena.

It, however, turned out that the news was not true.
Mr Kindubukira said police had launched an investigation to find out the people who gave the false new to the deceased.

The damage
Kilembe mines offices have been submerged by floods as the continuous flooding of River Nyamwamba ravages lives and properties in Kasese District.

The flooding water also destroyed classes at Bulembia Primary School.
The manager of Uganda Red cross Kasese branch Mr Joseph Nzukwa estimates that more than 10,000 people have been affected by flooding in Kanyaruboga, Katiri and Kyanjuki cells in Bulembia division.

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