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Kasese residents stranded after floods destroy bridge

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Kasese District residents look at the destroyed Kyanzuki Bridge at the weekend. PHOTO BY THEMBO KAHUNGU 

By Thembo Kahungu Misairi

Posted  Tuesday, May 6  2014 at  13:18

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Crisis. Heavy rains caused River Nyamwamba to burst its banks, leading to the destruction of the bridge

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Kasese.
Hundreds of people are stranded in Kyanzuki following the collapse of Kyanzuki Bridge after River Nyamwamba burst its banks at the weekend, cutting off the township from the rest of Kasese Municipality.

According to the Bulembia Division chairperson, Mr Pascal Kasoke, the collapse of the temporary bridge, which was built after the collapse of the initial bridge on May 1, 2013 following heavy rains, was expected because the volumes of water in the river have been increasing since the onset of the rainy season.

“This bridge needed the same attention that was given to Katiri and Mubuku bridges because it is equally important since it serves a number of government institutions,” Mr Kasoke said.

Mr Kasoke said Kilembe Secondary School, Kyanzuki and Masule primary schools have been cut off.

Call for help
The head teacher of Kilembe Secondary School, Mr Augustine Muserero, called upon the authorities to repair the bridge before the start of the school term.

The wooden bridge, which was constructed by residents using logs and timber, was washed away on Saturday following a downpour that lasted for six hours.

Hundreds of people were left stranded on either side of the river.
Among them were 310 youths who were attending a one-week Information and Communications Technology training at Kilembe Secondary School.
The training was co-sponsored by the ICT ministry and Uganda Communications Commission.