Thursday August 21 2014

One killed, hundreds displaced by floods

Residents of Karusanda Sub-county, Kasese

Residents of Karusanda Sub-county, Kasese District look on helplessly after two rivers bust their banks resulting in flooding of the area on Tuesday. Photo by Moris Mumbere. 


One person died and hundreds displaced after rivers Mubuku and Nyamwamba burst their banks on Tuesday as the rains returned last week in Kasese.

Edson Baluku Mubilo, 28, a resident of Mbulamasi, Mahango Sub-county, Kasese District drowned in River Nyamwamba as he was trying to cross from Base camp.

His body was taken to the mortuary after it was found yesterday near Rukoki village.
Residents in Karusanda Sub-county have been displaced due to flooding and are taking refuge in neighbouring Rukoki village.
Mahango Sub-county chairperson, Mr Ezra Turihohabwe said several people have been displaced and some houses and crops washed away.

Some of the roads linking Karusandara village to other areas have also been blocked.
Access to some health centres and the sub county headquarters has also been blocked.
Mr Turihohabwe said, “The only access to Karusandara now is through Hima Town which is a long distance.”

Areas that have been gravely affected include Kanamba, Kibuga and Karusandara parishes in Karusandara Sub-county.
District councillor Richard Bomera has warned residents not to risk crossing the river.

earlier warning
The Kasese District environment officer, Mr Augustine Kooli last week warned that the district would be hit by another round of floods this month since it was the beginning of the long rainy season.