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Kilembe Floods-Kasese District May 2013 Sign In or Register to add photos

A letter from Bishop Tindimwebwa Christopher The Western Regional overseer (NFBPC) We have just experienced a tragedy here in (Uganda) at Kilembe mines area in Kasese district. There was a very serious heavy rain and wind storm that washed away bridges, houses and half of the Kilembe referral hospital was seriously washed away and staff quarters as we speak the hospital is closed 5 people lost their lives in the period. And yet the affected people with no toilets, since all the latrines and toilets were washed away cholera is inevitable both in Kilembe and Kasese town as a whole. People lost all their properties and have nowhere to stay, no clothes, food and also mattresses and blankets. Call for response to the humanitarian crisis in Kilembe mines, Nyamuhuga, Kilembe hospital nurses, people that along Nyamwamba River that were affected in Kasese district Uganda, Kyanjuki Bridge and five more bridges which were constructed in the 1950 was swept off and Bulembia primary school and some others are effected almost falling away from the foundation. The floods resulted from a heavy downpour that started at 11:00am on Wednesday, forcing large torrents downstream to villages in low-lying areas. We have experienced such four time since last Wednesday to today the situation is still the same it a none stop flood crisis . Many people are missing and feared dead and in Kasese district after River Nyamwamba burst its banks, submerging several homes, and most houses in Nyamwamba division had collapsed. In Busongora County North, River Mubuku, which serves three hydropower stations, also caused a lot of damage in Maliba and Bugoye sub-counties. The floods have cut off the Kasese-Fort Portal Road, leaving many vehicles underwater and hundreds of people stranded. The hospital had become a dangerous place. The hospital lies a few yards away from the river, along a hilly slope. Two of the victims drowned at Nyakasanga trading centre as they tried to wade through the flooded road while two others in Kilembe could not be traced. By Wednesday afternoon a frantic search for the victims had been mounted by residents and local authorities. Several houses in areas along the banks of River Nyamwamba were submerged, leaving their occupants stranded. Parts of the Nyakasanga Airfield and the neighboring playfield were also cut off. Areas affected by the floods include Kilembe and Nyakasanga in Kasese municipality where homes, hospital and schools have been submerged. River Nyamwamba, which is fed by melting glaciers from the Rwenzori Mountains, is the main source of water for both agriculture and domestic, including the Mubuku Irrigation Scheme. The many people who drowned had attempted to force their way through the water at about 3:00pm near a bridge. The first victim was swept away, gasping for breath as people watched helplessly. Attempting to rescue his colleague, the second victim also drowned. Property and infrastructure worth billions of shillings has been lost after rivers in Kasese district burst their banks and destroyed roads, houses and bridges in various parts. Areas affected by the floods include Kilembe and Nyakasanga in Kasese municipality where homes, hospital and schools have been submerged. Ruboni Bridge that connects Muhinga and Ruboni villages had been swept away. ?There is no sign that there was any bridge on River Ruboni and people are now stranded. We have no capacity to put a provision and it is still raining in the mountains,? The Pastoral body of Pentecostal church in Kasese district calls for a response to the humanitarian crisis in Kasese district. The humanitarian situation in Nyamuhuga, Kilembe mines and people along Nyamwamba river borders remain in a serious concern as rain storm swept all their lives and properties and as rain continue in Kasese and with a threat on the underground water with in Kilembe mines channels that is expected and if the government does not act first Kasese may turn in another lakes. Untold numbers of people are at risk, increasing number of people flee from Kilembe,Maliba,Katooke,Karusandara, Nyabubare all these areas are in Kasese District all are coming towards Kasese town but are stranded on street for they are homeless, without a shelter, no coverings, no food, so we expect sickness and the young with their mothers are suffering to death for no help has come to them since we experienced the flood last week on Wednesday to today and more water are descending form Mt Rwenzori towards the valley of Kasese. A word of appreciation Is due to various government and agencies for assistance they are extending so far like UPDF who are on ground helping the helpless people with their remaining properties. The Kasese Pentecostal Pastoral body together with NFBPC stands in solidarity that has opened their Church doors and Homes to people displaced by the water crisis. We call on the response by willing sharing the responsibility to provide aid and protection to the affected and other people at risk and to enhance effort to find peaceful and just solutions to the crisis in these effected areas in Kasese. Our considered opinion that following specific needs to be addressed with immediate effect. ? Offering protection and assistance for the people who cannot return to their homes. ? For the government involve in the crisis to provide settlement ? Safe water is needed since all water sources are contaminated ? Basic need like mattress, clothing?s and packet food, tents, blankets. Since some of the victims are running into church. Bishop Tindimwebwa Christopher Regional Overseer Tooro Region Mid-Western
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