The river, which originates from the glaciers of Rwenzori Mountains, flows through Kilembe Mines with at least 15 kilometers downstream from Kilembe mines. It branches through River Rukoki which flows into a wide stream of wetlands bordering the north shores of Lake George.
River Nyamwamba burst its banks near Kyanzuki primary school and severely damaged the Kyanzuki-Kilembe road, Godfrey Kabyanga, the Mayor of Kasese Municipality told Uganda Radio Network in an interview. Gardens and buildings are also submerged.
The hospital had closed after River Nyamwamba burst its banks, gushing water to neighboring villages and cutting off transport in what seemed to be a repeat of the 2013 deadly floods that ravaged the area.
Kilembe Mines Hospital has been closed today after River Nyamwamba once again burst its banks threatening a repeat of the floods that ravaged the area on May 1, 2013. The medical superintendent Dr. Edward Wafula says that there were 195 patients admitted in the hospital before the floods occurred at about 9am today.
More than 3,000 residents of Kilembe Mines estates in Kasese Municipality are consuming water from the rusty metallic pipes, putting their lives at risk. The water is pumped directly from River Nyamwamba.