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Kasese Residents Warned Of Raising Water Levels

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At least 18 dead bodies were recovered from the landside affected community.

The Red Cross Response action teams continue to offer rescue services together with the local authorities and community responders. The majority of the dead are mothers and children.

The Red Cross said today that their team in Kasese continues with detailed assessment after two days of vigorous response effort following heavy rains that caused landslides, claimed lives and injured many. A few persons still missing.

” Community engagement continues as we guide people on life-threatening risks”, Said Nakasiita.

Kasese District officials have ordered residents in five villages near the banks of River Nyamwamba to vacate their homes following reports that the water levels have risen.

The affected villages include Kasika, Mukathi, Kigoro, Kabughabugha, and Kalingata.
The officials, who are working with the Red Cross, blamed the rising water levels on the heavy rains.

The Red Cross spokesperson, Ms Irene Nakasiita, said they detected the rising water levels using the early warning machine which was installed at River Nyamwaba.

” We are warning people who are staying near the river to be on alert and to keep monitoring the water levels, ” Said Nakasiita.

The property was lost and animals were killed. many people counted losses. Kasese is a district prone to natural calamities.

Earlier this month heavy rain caused flooding and landslides in Kisoro and Bundibugyo, where at least 3 people died.

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Further heavy rain fell in the region from 06 September 2022, causing a landslide in Kasika village, Kigoro Parish in Rukoki Subcounty. The landslide buried homes and occupants. As many as 18 people were feared missing.

As of 07 September, Uganda Red Cross reported 15 dead bodies had been recovered from the landside. The majority of the dead are mothers and children, the Red Cross said. Six people were seriously injured and taken to a nearby hospital.

Uganda Red Cross Society also reported recent heavy rain in Kisoro had caused flooding at the Nyakabande Holding Centre refugee camp.

Similar heavy rainfall caused flooding, landslides and mudslides in the Western Region of Uganda from 27 April 2022.

The Red Cross said 225 people were affected by floods in Busongora in Kasese district, where 3 homes were destroyed and 35 damaged with at least 10 households displaced.

On 29 April mudslides and landslides affected 184 people in Kitholhu, Bukonzo, Kasese with 13 displaced, 3 houses destroyed and 2 damaged.

Landslides and mudslides struck after heavy rain on 30 April in Bufumbira, Kisoro District, destroying 2 houses and affecting 66 people.

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