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Floods: Museveni rushes to Kasese
Publish Date: May 14, 2014
Floods: Museveni rushes to Kasese
President Museveni is assessing the damage caused after River Nyamwamba burst its banks at Kilembe in Kasese. PHOTO/PPU
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By Vision Reporter

President Yoweri Museveni traveled to the western district of Kasese on Wednesday to assess the damage caused by the floods after River Nyamwamba burst its banks which left four people dead.

A seven-month-pregnant woman was among the dead at St Paul’s Health Centre IV in Kasese Municipality a day after she was evacuated from Kilembe Mines Hospital.

The expectant mother and three others died in the process of being evacuated from the hospital to save them from floods.


President Museveni inspected the damage caused by the floods after River Nyamwamba burst its banks leaving scores displaced. PHOTO/PPU

On May 8, River Nyamwamba, which is next to the Kilembe hospital, burst its banks again, following a heavy downpour in the Rwenzori Mountains.

Two newborn babies and a 77-year-old woman died in the stampede as patients and their caretakers fled the hospital to escape the raging floods.

The St Paul Health centre IV in-charge, Dr. Ibrahim Kakule Masinda, named the deceased as Sharon Tusingwire, 30, wife to Sharif Nyaruhima of Mowlem village in from Hima Town Council.

Kakule said she was one of the 58 patents evacuated from Kilembe and relocated to the health facility.

“By the time she reached here she was in a coma and her foetus was already dead, leading to internal foetal death,” he said on Friday.

“When we received her she was critically ill and in a coma. She did not come out of this coma. When we scanned her to ascertain the status of the pregnancy, we discovered that the foetus was dead,” he said.

He said Tusingwire’s husband, who had gone home on Thursday to organise the family after the evacuation from Kilembe, had not returned.


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