Kasese Floods; Man Dies after False communication about Wife

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The investigation comes after a resident collapsed and died following a rumor that his wife had drowned in the flooding waters of River Kithakena. The deceased was identified as Lawrence Mulekya, 35, a resident of Maliba trading center in Maliba sub-county.

Police in Kasese is searching for individuals who peddled falsehoods of persons who had drowned in the flooding waters of Rivers Nyamwamba, Mubuku, Kithakena and Nyamugasani in Kasese district.
 
The investigation comes after a resident collapsed and died following a rumor that his wife had drowned in the flooding waters of River Kithakena. The deceased was identified as Lawrence Mulekya, 35, a resident of Maliba trading center in Maliba sub-county.
 
The Officer in Charge of Maliba Police Post James Kindubukira said police has launched investigations into the circumstances that led to the death and will apprehend all individuals involved.
 
 “This man was from watching the flooded River Kithakena when he was reportedly told by other people that his wife had drowned in the same River. He collapsed in the middle of Ngaiga playground and could not make it to St. Paul’s health center,” Kindubukira stated.

Early this week, River Nyamwamba banks opened up to gushing waters sending thousands of residents scampering for safety.
 
Kasese District usually experiences heavy rains in the months of April, May, September and October every year and subsequently disastrous floods stream in the low lands through the valleys and the vast Nyamwamba valley.

During the same time last year, the Kasese district was hit by floods that left seven people dead, 17 bridges swept and Kilembe Mines Hospital structures and equipment destroyed.
 
The latest floods hit the area seven days after the district held a church service at Kilembe in memory of last year's, flood victims. Residents prayed to God requesting that incident does not feature again.
 
Last month, the Department of Meteorology warned that most parts of the country would experience adverse weather in the months of April and May.
 
According to the weather forecast, the rain season is expected to peak in mid-May and reduce in early June, with western Uganda districts receiving near-normal to above normal rains.
 
Meanwhile, the Kasese district and Kasese Municipal Authorities have joined efforts to control River Nyamwamba from possible overflow as permanent solutions are being sought.

The chairperson of the district disaster management committee Wilson Asaba said that work to de silt and recourse the River Nyawamba was set to start on Friday after securing a strong excavator
from Hima Cement Factory.

 Asaba said in his preliminary report on Friday morning that the damages in the Nyamwamba valley were mainly on infrastructure where as in other areas of Rivers Mubuku, Nyamugasani, Kithakena and Lubiriha, the crops were destroyed.

“In Kilembe, River Nyamwamba has destroyed a school; the Kilembe Mines head offices and a newly renovated tarmac road. In other areas of Kyalhumba, Maliba, Kisinga, Kyondo, Kitholhu and Karambi sub-counties people have lost property and crops” Mr. Asaba said.

Mr. Asaba also said that a Rapid Disaster Assessment and Response Team comprising of Technical staff, Political leaders and Partners like Uganda Red Cross Society, Trandor Power, Hima Cement and Kilembe
Mines/TIBET Hima Ltd has been formed to assess the damage caused by the fresh flash floods.

He said that a list of some of the immediate needs has been sent to the Officer of the Prime Minister. The immediate needs include food aid, essential drugs, fuel and resources for the sensitization of the
communities on Disaster Risk Reduction Mechanisms.

The Rapid Disaster Assessment and Response Team has also identified key interventions in the meantime as; construction of flood walls, redesigning and construction of flood proof bridges, and the formation of Disaster Management Committees at all levels.

Rwenzururu Kingdom Prime Minister Nzaghele Noah has also called for an immediate scientific study into the causes of the recurring floods on the main rivers flowing from the Rwenzori Mountains.

Kasese district is yet to receive the Early Warning Flood Detection machine that was supposed to be installed in the upstream of River Nyamwamba to be alerting people using a serene sound. It was promised by the OPM.