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Two More Killed in Kasese Floods

The death of the two brothers brings to 8; the number of people killed by floods, the biggest water disaster in Kasese since 1965.
Two more people drowned in Kasese district on Monday as the main Rivers flooded once again for the third time in one week.

The two people who drowned are from one family. They were swept away during a community work to replace a foot bridge that had been washed away by the Wednesday floods.

Abraham Kihoro, a resident of Bwesumbu sub-county, says the two brothers identified as Erias Bwambale and Kighoma Masereka were trying to fix timber from the other side of the River Lume that separates Kasese and Kabarole district. This is a different river which burst its banks.

Kihoro says all able-bodied men in the village had converged at the River for voluntary service to fix the foot bridge that collapsed on Wednesday. This brings to eight the number of people who have perished in the floods, Kasese’s biggest water disaster since 1965.

The chairman LC 3 of Kitswamba sub-county Constant Komu confirmed the information about the dead adding that River Lume has is paralysing the transport network between Kasese and Fort Portal.

 

Komu says the bodies are yet to be retrieved and that the search is on.

 

Meanwhile, Kasese Woman MP Winfred Kiiza on Monday afternoon launched a charity campaign calling upon those who were not affected by the floods to donate whatever they can to help people in the camp.

 

Kiiza said her campaign that will go on for the entire week will also be stretched to the Bakonzo community and friends in Kampala.

Meanwhile, an unidentified man has been trapped in the waters after River Mubuku burst its banks this morning. Mr. Saulo Maate, an eye witness says the man has clutched on top of a tree to save his life. By the time of filing this story, police had rushed to the area to rescue the flood victim. The man is reportedly climbed a tree that withstood the fast running water.

Winfred Kiiza, the Kasese district woman MP has launched a charity campaign to support the victims. Kiiza says the campaign that will run through out next week, will be stretched to the Bakonzo community and friends in Kampala to raise assistance for the flood victims.

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