By Ivan Mwine
At least five people, including a Uganda Peoples Defennce Forces (UPDF) soldier are confirmed to have died and several others injured over the weekend after flash floods ravaged parts if Mbale District.
According to ASP Taitika Rogers, the Elgon Region Police Public Relations Officer (PRO), the five died following last night’s heavy rain downpour in Mt Elgon and its slopes that caused the bursting of river banks and flooding.
Taitika, who revealed that bodies of the deceased have since been retrieved, not that seven people were rescued from the floods, although property worth hundreds of millions of shillings was destroyed.
“The floods also caused extensive property damage, especially around the areas located along Mbale – Kumi road at Nabijjo cell, Namakwekwe ward, Northern Division, while Mbale City was over flooded by river Nabuyonga that swept two motor vehicles with an unknown number of occupants that were trying to cross the road,” Taitika said in a statement.
He added that; “Four of the deceased have been identified as Tamunoza Doreen aged 24 years, Namukhula 15, Khalayi 13 and Masaba Ayub 30 while one is yet to be identified. The deceased are all pending postmortem examination at Mbale City Mortuary.”
He also revealed that the police and Red Cross teams are doing their best to rescue more victims of the floods.
He advised the people living along riverbanks to remain vigilant and move to safer spaces since these floods are unpredictable.