Rivers overflow as heavy rain hits Uganda


Heavy rains affecting eastern and northern Uganda since May 6, 2021, have caused rivers to overflow leading to severe damage and at least 1 fatality. More than 15 000 people have been affected.

The Manafwa and the Nakwasi Rivers in the Butaleja District overflowed after two days of heavy rain across Eastern and Northern regions.

Local authorities are reporting damaged homes, blocked roads, and crops destroyed in 7 sub-counties and describing the flooding as one of the worst on record for the area. Media report one fatality and around 15 000 affected families in Eastern Region.

The victim was a trader from Manafwa who was crossing a flooded road. 

The water also covered many areas like the Doho-Manafwa bridge and Leresi trading center, NTV Uganda reported.

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"Roads to leading to Kasensero landing site via Mutukula road are cut off due to floods," Uganda Red Cross reported today. "From Bukoola to Kateera, close to 20 km [12.4 miles] River Bukoola and River Kagera overflow ends up into the nearby communities. Transport is a challenge, affecting all businesses and livelihoods."

Heavy rains have also caused severe damage to houses in Moroto District, Northern Region on May 7.

More heavy rain is forecast over the whole country in the next 24 hours, with locally very heavy rain over the Eastern Region.

Featured image credit: Uganda Red Cross

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