Floods kill five in central Uganda: police

Source: Xinhua| 2018-11-18 21:33:12|Editor: xuxin
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KAMPALA, Nov. 18 (Xinhua) -- At least five people have been confirmed dead in Uganda's capital Kampala and the central district of Wakiso following a heavy downpour that triggered flooding on Sunday morning, a police spokesperson said.

Deputy police spokesperson Patrick Onyango told Xinhua that a commercial motorcycle rider and a pedestrian were washed away in Bweyogerere and another killed along Gayaza road in Wakiso by strong floods.

One person was killed in Kalerwe and another electrocuted in Kyebando due to poor connections in Kampala, following the rains that lasted four hours.

"We have recorded some deaths and destruction of property in Kampala and Wakiso. Several roads were cut off and impassable," said Onyango.

In September, Uganda National Meteorological Authority issued an alert that heavy rains, coupled with flooding, thunderstorms and lightening, could lead to loss of lives and destruction of property.

The authority said that the mountainous eastern and western parts of the country may experience landslides as the rain season peaks.

At least 46 people were killed last month by landslides in the mountainous eastern district of Bududa following torrential rains.

Mountainous eastern Uganda occasionally experiences landslides during the rainy season, and the worst was recorded in 2010 when landslides killed at least 300 people and left thousands homeless.