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Landslides Sweep Two in Kisoro

According to Bahinyoza, Baritonda and her baby were rescued by residents alive and rushed to Nyabwishenya Health Centre III for treatment. He says their efforts to rescue Nyiramutuzo and Nyamishana didn’t yield results as they were swept to River Rwafi, which flows into the Democratic Republic of Congo.
14 Nov 2019 06:54
Landslides have swept away two people in Kisoro district. They are Oliver Nyiramutuzo and Frola Nyamishana, both residents of Mugambira village in Nteko parish in Nyabwishenya Sub County.

The two were swept away around 2:00PM Wednesday. Paul Bahinyoza, a resident of Mugambira village, says the duo was weeding millet accompanied by Sylvia Baritonda and her three months-old-daughter when the incident occurred following a heavy down pour, which lasted for over three hours.     

According to Bahinyoza, Baritonda and her baby were rescued by residents alive and rushed to Nyabwishenya Health Centre III for treatment. He says their efforts to rescue Nyiramutuzo and Nyamishana didn’t yield results as they were swept to River Rwafi, which flows into the Democratic Republic of Congo. 

He says their hopes to recover the two alive are very minimal. Christopher Ruhunde, the Kisoro District Police Commander, told URN that they had received a report about the incident, adding that were preparing to join residents to search for the missing victims.      

The matter is registered at Kisoro police station under file number SD 63/13/11/2019. Such incidents are common in Kisoro district. On September 26, 2019, six-year-old Praise Iradukunda, a Primary one pupil at Rubona Primary school and daughter to Enos Nkurunziza, a resident of Rubona Village in Buhumbu Parish, Busanza Sub county Kisoro district  was washed away by running water during a heavy downpour while returning home from school.       

Early this month, a three-year-old boy from Kashambya Sub County in Rukiga district was also swept away by running waters during a heavy down pour.  In September this year, the Uganda National Meteorological Authority indicated that most parts of the country would have above-normal rainfall, according to the Uganda Outlook for Sept to Dec 2019 Rainfall Forecast Bulletin. 

The Bulletin indicates that the South Western districts of Kabale, Kisoro, Rukungiri, Kanungu, Ntungamo, Mbarara, Kiruhura, Isingiro, Ibanda, Bushenyi, Buhweju, Mitooma, Sheema, Rubirizi, Rukiga and Kasese will

have the peak of rains around October, with a cessation of seasonal rains expected in December. 

The authority advised communities to desilt and open community drainage systems in order to ensure that their areas do not flood during the downpour.  In the case of flash floods, the authority said "do not crossroads when the water levels have risen.  Wait for the flood to subside.