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30 Nov 2014 description
report New Vision

More than 30 years after HIV/ AIDS was first detected in Uganda, risky sexual behaviours are still rampant, threatening to increase HIV infections again. As the world marks the World AIDS Day on Monday – December 1 – New Vision highlights some of the trouble spots, with particular emphasis on the trade routes used by long-distance truck drivers. Bonney Odongo and Frederick Turyakira explore the northern and western routes.

In Gulu Industrial Area, Lacor trading centre and Atiak at the Uganda-South Sudan border are the hotspots for commercial sex trade.

30 Oct 2014 description
report New Vision

By Francis Kagolo

The education ministry, with the help of UN education agencies, has embarked on a process to mainstream conflict and disaster risk reduction in the various school curricula.

The move also aims at ensuring that students are taught to be peaceful and school facilities like buildings are resistant to disasters like lightning and strong winds.

27 Oct 2014 description
report New Vision

By Aloysius Byamukama

SHEEMA - A 16-year old boy died instantly after a heavy downpour instigated mudslides in Sheema district.

The incident took place at around 5:45am Friday when the hanging rocks in the adjacent Kamuhembe Village in Masheruka sub county, Sheema district, rolled downhill and crashed into the house where Collins Tumworobere was sleeping.

Tumworobere, his five siblings and their mother Allen Tumukugize, were at the time, still sleeping.

23 Sep 2014 description
report New Vision

By Moses Walubiri

GOVERNMENT will this week start resettling 1150 families in areas at high risk of landslides and floods from the Mount Elgon region as part of its efforts to find a permanent solution to a spate of disastrous landslides in the area.

In total, according to acting commissioner for disaster preparedness in the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM), Rose Nakabugo, government plans to resettle 5000 families in the safe, lower lying areas within Bugisu.

06 Sep 2014 description
report New Vision

By Vivian Agaba

National Water and Sewerage Corporation (NWSC) has announced plans to increase water supply to many of the dry areas in and around Kampala by August 2015.

To achieve this, the Corporation plans to build sewerage treatment facilities within the drainage areas of Bugolobi, Ggaba and Namasuba, under the Kampala sanitation master plan, a move they say will solve Kampala’s water supply and drainage problems.

23 Jun 2014 description
report New Vision

By Wilson Asiimwe

Several people including patients at Kilembe mines hospital on Friday fled from Bulembia division in Kasese municipality when River Nyamwamba flooded again and destroyed several properties.

The road leading to Bulembia primary school which was washed away by floods the last month and has been under construction was damaged again Friday morning.

The projects manager for Tibet Hima mining company, Alex Kwatampora, said that most of the infrastructure that was damaged recently had not yet been fixed.

26 May 2014 description
report New Vision

By John B. Thawite

KASESE - Over 2,000 primary school pupils were on Friday evacuated from their classes as advancing flood waters from the ruthless River Nyamwamba threatened to sweep them away.

The pupils, from Kyanzuki, Bulembia, Katiri and Road Barrier primary schools, were forced to go back home as the water volumes in the river rose and advanced towards the schools.

Bulembia, no longer operating in its former structures which are precariously hanging by the banks of River Nyamwamba, was forced to occupy adjacent structures owned by Kilembe Mines Ltd.

13 May 2014 description
report New Vision

By Taddeo Bwambale

Government has sent 10 people suffering from the mysterious nodding disease to the US for further medical tests. The patients travelled last Saturday and are expected back next week.

Health Minister, Dr Ruhakana Rugunda on Tuesday addressed journalists on investigations to find the source and cure for the disease first reported in Lira, Gulu and Oyam in 2009.

Brain samples from five people who died from nodding syndrome were last month flown to the US Centres for Disease Control in Atlanta.

11 May 2014 description
report New Vision

By John Thawite

KASESE - Efforts are underway to tame River Nyamwamba which burst its bank due to flooding last week, leaving a trail of destruction in its wake.

At the request of the district leadership, Hima Cement Factory released its PC400 excavator to start re-channeling the river, starting upstream at Bulembia Primary School.

09 May 2014 description
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By John Thawite and Taddeo Bwambale

TWO new-born babies and a 77 year-old woman died on Thursday in a stampede at Kilembe Mines Hospital, as patients fled the hospital to escape approaching floods.

Two other unidentified people's bodies were seen floating down River Nyamwamba by eyewitnesses, although authorities had not identified them by press time.

The floods that hit the area at around 9.30 am on Thursday, cut off the Katiri -Kyanzuki road, which leads to the main Kilembe Mines offices and Kyanzuki.

08 May 2014 description
report New Vision

By Taddeo Bwambale & John Thawite

Three rivers Nyamwamba, Nyamugasani and Mubuku in Kasese have burst their banks following heavy rains causing floods.

An elderly woman and a baby are among two people who died in a stampede at Kilembe Mines Hospital, as patients fled the flooded hospital on Thursday morning.

A total of 195 patients who were receiving treatment at the hospital have been evacuated to other government facilities, Dr Peter Mukobi, the district health officer told New Vision.