A Uganda Police Defence Forces (UPDF) officer is among the nine people whose bodies have so far been recovered following floods that swept Mbale district in eastern Uganda. Several other people are said to be missing with fears that the death could be higher than what is reported so far.
This is after the rain that started on Saturday at 8pm until about 7am on Sunday left Namabasa, Basajabwankuba, Busamaga, Nkoma, Milo taano and Mbale industrial park where properties worth millions of shillings that have been devastated by floods.
Mr. Ahamada Waashaki, the Mbale City Residents Commissioner said nine bodies of people where so far been recovered after Namalala, Namatsi and Nashibiso rivers burst their banks. He continued and said that there are fears that several other people have died, especially boda boda riders and drivers of small vehicles.
Prime Minister Robinah Nabbanja who on Sunday visited the affected Mbale floods area said she was sent by President Museveni to assess the situation. “The president is aware of this disaster. We are here to assess the situation and give support where necessary and to evacuate the survivors. We are in touch with UPDF and police to send marine officers to search for the victims and bodies.”
According to her, the residents who are destroying the environment, “will bring us problems. This disaster is due to environmental degradation. I believe it could have been avoided if people respected the environment,” she added.
This is not the first disaster to happen in the Eastern part of Uganda as Uganda last saw the Bududa landslides. These happened more than once but the government put the situation in control.