Deadly flash floods sweep through Kampala, Uganda

Deadly flash floods sweep through Kampala, Uganda

At least two people died after flash floods swept through the city of Kampala, Uganda, this week. Heavy rains began around September 8, leading to inundations that disrupted traffic and trapped a number of people in a collapsed building.

The police recovered two bodies from the Nakivubo Channel around September 11. Kampala Metropolitan police spokesperson Patrick Onyango identified one of the victims as a 12-year-old girl-- a resident of Nsambya Kitooro. 

According to preliminary findings, the girl was playing with her friends during the rain when their ball fell in a trench. As she attempted to remove the ball, floodwaters swept her away. Her body was found near Clock Tower.

While the police were at the scene, another body of a male adult appeared, who was yet to be identified.

Meanwhile, in Makindye, a building under construction collapsed on September 11, trapping several people under the rubble. Rescue efforts were conducted by a joint team of police and fire services. No fatalities were reported.

Flooding has long been a problem in Kampala. In 2019, more than 190 people drowned in swollen trenches, lakes, rivers, and septic tanks. Police urged residents to be very cautious, especially during the rainy season.

Featured image credit: Uganda Red Cross Society

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