BUTALEJA- Torrential rain being experienced in several parts of eastern Uganda has caused floods which have damaged bridges and roads. Leresi Bridge on Mbale- Butaleja Road has been damaged making transport along the route difficult.
The bridge on River Manafwa, which was constructed in 1960s, was submerged on Monday after a heavy down pour. Commuters who use the road are stranded.
Motorists have been forced to divert to Bunghanji-Budaka District to connect to Mbale town.
The most affected sub counties are Himutu, Mazimasa, Kachonga and Butaleja town council.
Residents have been encouraged to boil water before drinking, eat warn food, wash hands before and after eating, avoid fetching water from swamps/rivers, avoid eating foods or drinking juices sold on roadsides, embrace good pit-latrines practices.
By MUDANGHA KOLYANGHA
By FELIX BASIIME
KYEGEGWA - Police in Kyegegwa District are holding 10 people suspected of stealing food items meant for refugees in Kyaka II Refugee Settlement.
The suspects, who include staff of the Danish Refugee Council (DRC), an international NGO, and some refugees were allegedly caught stealing the food items that include several bags of posho and a number of jerrycans of cooking oil on Tuesday night.
DRC’s responsibility is to distribute food items from the World Food Programme (WFP) stores to the refugees.
By Felix Ainebyoona Police in Mbarara District have confirmed one person dead and several others displaced by floods following a heavy downpour on Wednesday.
A building under construction at Rwizi Arch Hotel in Kamukuzi Division collapsed also due to heavy rain.
Running water around the same area swept unspecified number of people who were traveling on Boda bodas.
The Rwizi region police spokesperson, Mr Samson Kasasira said police are doing all they can to rescue people.
By Lilian Namagembe
Kampala - The government move to grant districts the mandate to manage indoor residual spraying (IRS) exercise intended to get rid of malaria has saved government billions of shillings as opposed to implementation of the exercise through partners, officials have revealed.