Heavy rains kill three in Eastern Uganda

Residents gather to look at the body of Welishe and his motorcycle floating on the river. Photo credit: Javier Omagor

By Javier Silas Omagor, NECJOGHA

Mbale, Uganda – Heavy rains have killed three people in the eastern districts of Busia and eastern Uganda.

The dead body of a bodaboda rider who was carried away by a river after a heavy rain pour has been found after almost a week in the eastern Uganda district of Mbale.

Meanwhile, a release by the Uganda Red Cross says Wednesday’s heavy rain has killed two people and affected over 600 people in the astern Uganda district of Busia.

“Fifty houses and one primary school are down, two people dead, crops destroyed, and many homeless. The bodies of the deceased are at Busia hospital. Our team is on ground to offer humanitarian aid,” a release by Uganda Red Cross publicist, Irene Nakasiita says.

Twenty seven year-old Julius Welishe was carried away by water last week while carrying a female passenger when he was carried away by the tsrong water of River Manafwa in the district of Mbale. However, the female passenger was saved and rushed to hospital.

On the fateful rainy morning according to an eye witness, Welishe, rode at a low speed as he tried to brave his way through the slippery and waterlogged road just next to Namatala River, in Doko Ward, Industrial Division in Mbale municipality.

Unfortunately, the deceased eventually lost control due to slippery road surface, leading his motorcycle to plunge into the river.  

Since last week, residents and the local police embarked on a search and rescue mission but were thwarted by the  ceaseless rains which kept pounding the area.

Welishe’s dead body and bicycle were recovered on Thursday morning when they were sighted by residents floating on the river .



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