People Flee as Floodwaters Sweep West Uganda Town

Hundreds of people in Kasese, a town in western Uganda, were left homeless after flash flooding swept through the town on May 6, according to local news outlet

The Nyamwamba, Mubuku, and Nyamugasani rivers in western Uganda burst their banks, cutting off access and flooding towns including Kasese and Ibanda, reports said.

In Kilembe, rescuers attempted to save approximately 200 patients who were trapped in a hospital, BBC reported. Severe flooding also affected parts of Kenya, Somalia, and Rwanda, the report said.

Uganda’s New Vision reported that the cause of the flooding was “torrential rains in various parts of the country, especially the Rwenzori, Elgon, Lake Victoria, and Kigezi regions.”

Footage filmed by Nakaiza Daisy, a resident of Kasese, on May 6 shows people running from water from the Nyamwamba river as flooding swept through the town. She filmed large swells from the raging river and the flood zone that destroyed several buildings on May 7.

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