Isingiro district floods death toll rises to three (3)

Isingiro suffers climate change effects, Flash floods courtesy photo
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The situation is getting scary in Isingiro district western part of Uganda after the death toll due to floods hikes to 3.

Floods due to heavy rains which struck Kabuyanda and Birere sub-counties in Isingiro district last week has risen the death toll to three and more people missing.

Over the week, a 15-year-old girl fell a victim after she was swept away by running heavy water.

And on Sunday, the chairperson Kabuyanda sub-county, Mr Justus Byensi, confirmed the death of two other people.

He identified the deceased as Mark Akandinda, 13 years, son to Bernard Twesigye also resident of Rubagano cell Kabuyanda. The other is Habibu Sulayimalani, 22 years, who tried to cross a flooded area that ended up sweeping him away.

Byensi said that the other two who are missing are adult males who were cutting timber.

The situation of high-water levels is getting more serious after witnessing an increased level on the shores of Lake Victoria which has destroyed several big investments.

A few months ago, Lake Victoria has burst its shoreline and the impact of the ever-rising water levels is bringing more trouble facilities that are near the shore.

Section of Lake Victoria Serena Golf Resort & Spa has been submerged in water that is rising on a daily.

Lake Victoria Serena Golf Resort & Spa swallowed by increasing water level from the lake

Further, Hamis Kiggundu aka Ham mansion in Kawuku-Bunga on the shores of Lake Victoria was also cut off by floods this month.

Hamis Kiggundu aka Ham mansion in Kawuku-Bunga is also occupied by reptiles after it was swallowed by lake victoria . Photo by Elite Reporter.

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Also, about 500 families in Namalu Sub County in Nakapiripirit district, Karamoja sub-region have been displaced and their crops destroyed following the heavy downpour on Saturday, May 2 that hit the area and caused flooding.

Namalu residents ponder their next move after their homes become flooded on Saterday (PHOTO/Jonathan Opolot)

The five-hour heavy rains have caused floods that cut off Nakapiripirit-Mbale road and killed hundreds of livestock in the sub-county.

Mr. Toney Agatha, the sub-county chief said the rains have washed away the main bridge of Amaler cutting of Nakapiripirit-Mbale road.

According to Mr. Agatha, although there was no life lost, the current situation caused by floods in the sub county posed a serious threat of hunger.

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