Tragedy as River Nyamwamba claims teenage life

Tragedy as River Nyamwamba claims teenage life

A 17-year-old Elias Masereka has met his tragic death after drowning in the flooding River Nyamwamba, Kasese district.

The sad event transpired on Sunday when the deceased was trying to repair a makeshift bridge that had been weakened by the floods that broke out on the bridge the previous night.

According to the Rwenzori East Police Spokesperson Nelson Tumishiime, the deceased was a student of Kilembe Secondary School and investigations are still underway to recover his body while his counterpart survived narrowly.

While speaking to the media, Dodo Kamathe said that the three boys were trying to repair a makeshift bridge for tourists to access the Margherita peak, unfortunately, before they could complete the task, a strong water wave hit them off the rocks on which they were standing.

Despite this, the tourists still insist on visiting the Mountain Rwenzori peak, and therefore, Kamathe informed that they will improvise ropes to help tourists cross the bridge to the other side.

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Inline to the above, Irene Mbambu a resident of Kyanjuki has called upon the government to work upon the infrastructure such as bridges which have been washed away by the heavy floods since last year which has forced residents to use makeshift bridges.

Ferigo Kamable, the Parliamentary representative for Kasese municipality said that they believe once the River Nyamwamba catchment management plan is instated, the floods affecting the people which be manageable.

The said plan was on Friday presented to Kasese district leaders by the Minister of Water and Environment and it included planting bamboo trees on the Riverbanks as well as installing flood forecasts to warn about pending floods.

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