Two killed, hundreds stranded as floods wreck havoc in Isingiro district

Floods in Uganda
Floods ravaging various parts of Uganda

Isingiro, Uganda | URN | Two people have been killed by floods in Isingiro district, western Uganda. The floods that followed a heavy downpour on Saturday 2, May 2020 morning also displaced more than one hundred people.

The deceased have been identified as Kyarikunda Asiimire a 15-year-old resident of Rubagano cell Kagaara parish Kabuyanda sub county and Habibu Suleiman a 22-year-old resident of Nyabuziiba, Kasana Parish, Bireere sub county.

Asiimire was washed by running water when she and her two friends had gone to collect firewood in Oruhenda forest reserve while Habibu was swept by flash floods as he tried to cross a temporary bridge.

John Tushabe, the Nyabuziiba LCI chairperson said that floods also cut off the bridge that connects Isingiro, Mbarara and Rwampara districts at Rwentondo in Nyakayojo division and Nyabuziiba in Isingiro district.

Federico Isingoma, a resident of Rwentodo says that crops like Banana plantations, maize, beans have been destroyed.

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Jomo Mugabe, Nyakayojo division LC III chairperson said that over 100 homesteads have been displaced in the four villages of Kibona, Rwentondo, Bugashe and Karama.

He blames the floods on encroachment of Kibona and Karama wetlands by members of the community.