Elly Maate, police spokesperson for Kigezi region confirms the incident saying that after the discovery of the body a postmortem was done and they later handed it over to relatives for a decent burial. Maate warns the public to be careful while crossing floods or running waters.
The deceased Ben Besigensi alias Kacoco,67 and resident of Rwarugambwa village in Kibuzigye parish, Hamuhambo town council met his death around 7 pm on Sunday, according to Aggrey Bandebaho, the Hamuhambo sub-county LC3 Chairman.
According to Oyesiga’s son, Ivan Muhwezi, the victims were struck by lightning on Friday at 5:30 pm while at Kamusegwa village. He says that the incident occurred during a heavy downpour that lasted for about three hours.
The funnel-shaped white smock descended and covered the skies for several minutes sending residents in fear from the rare weather phenomenon. Although no damage was caused the waterspout forced all the canoes which had been docked at Harutinda to float.
Water and Environment Minister Sam Cheptoris said that governments intervention followed a survey that attributed silting of the lake to soil erosion on the hills adjacent to the lake. In May 2017, environment activists expressed worry over the depth of Lake Bunyonyi which has decreased by 1.2 meters due to silting.
Floods resulting from heavy rains have cut off several roads in the new district of Rubanda. The most affected roads include Bugongi-Bwindi-Butambi-Kyokyezo road, Kyenyi-Rutooga road in Nyamweru Sub County, Nshanjare-Ndeego-Rutenga road in Ikumba sub county, Muko-Nshanjare-Kaara road, and Karungu-Nyamasizi-Kabuarara road in Hamurwa Sub County.
State Minister for Relief and Disaster Preparedness Musa Ecweru says that priority, in the distribution of relief food, was accorded to families that lost loved ones and those that sustained injuries in the tragedy. They received 300 kilograms of maize flour and 100 kilograms of maize flour respectively.
Fifteen houses and several crop gardens have been devastated by a heavy downpour in several villages of Muko Sub County in Rubanda District. The heavy rains that lasted for at least two hours started at around 01:00am.
The most affected areas are, Rwanyenza, Matakara cells in Ikamiro parish and Rwabahondame in Bufundi Sub County. The damaged buildings included residential houses, shops, bars and a saloon. Gardens were equally swept away.