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Kasese hit by fresh floods
Publish Date: Jun 21, 2014
Kasese hit by fresh floods
The flooding River Nyamwamba on Friday. All photos/Lucy Parwot
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By Wilson Asiimwe

Several people including patients at Kilembe mines hospital on Friday fled from Bulembia division in Kasese municipality when River Nyamwamba flooded again and destroyed several properties.

The road leading to Bulembia primary school which was washed away by floods the last month and has been under construction was damaged again Friday morning.
 


Patients stranded outside the hospital

The projects manager for Tibet Hima mining company, Alex Kwatampora, said that most of the infrastructure that was damaged recently had not yet been fixed.

"We are in a state of dilemma and we don't have any option because whenever it rains up in the mountains it's we people on the lower lands who suffer," said Kwatampora.

John Bagonza, a patient at Kilembe hospital, said that the river started flooding early morning and that by 11.00 am it had already blocked off Kyanjoki Bridge, leaving over 300 students of Kilembe secondary school stranded.
 


Patients from Kilembe hosiptal fleeing from the flooding River Nywamwamba on Friday morning

"We have not yet recovered from last month's shock and it is flooding again but government should redirect the water back to its original couse because the problem is worsening day by day," said Bagonza.
 

The Kasese district police commander, Michael Musani, said that police had already deployed its fire brigade equipment to help and rescue the people who could have been trapped.

He said that he had already urged all the schools in the area to close and send back home the students because water had started blocking off some villages.
 


The Kasese district police commander, Michael Musani and staff of Kilembe hosiptal forging a way foward

"I have instructed the head teachers of Katiri and Bumebia primary school to stop conducting classes and order the pupils to go back to their homes because the condition is worsening and it's going beyond our control," said Sabila.

"There some people who had already crossed to their gardens on the other side of the river so we have to ensure that we rescue them because the water volumes are increasing on the fastest speed.
 

He also warned the management and patients in Kilembe hospital to ensure that they stay on standby because the river had already changed its course.

The chairman of the district disaster management committee, Wilson Asaba, said that they are still accessing the damages that could have been caused by floods.


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