Police have named more victims of the Mbale city floods. At least the bodies of 20 people killed by flooding triggered by heavy rains on Saturday evening and Sunday morning in various places in Mbale city have been recovered.
Police have since named some of the deceased as Abdul Hakim Bwogi, 30, a resident of Kawempe in Kampala, Andrew Mwangale, 27, a Monitoring and Evaluation Manager at Baylor Uganda Mbale Branch from Butaleja district, Edwin Ahebwe, Jennifer Nyira Mutuuzo, a resident of Kisoro district and an employee of the Uganda Human Rights Commission, Masereka Alex and a one Daina, whose details are not yet clear.
Elgon Police Region Spokesperson, Rogers Taitika, says that efforts to identify the flood victims are still ongoing as people flock to Mbale City morgue to view the bodies. He says that 8 out of the 20 bodies have been reclaimed by the relatives for burial.
Some of the bodies of the victims identified are those that were retrieved from a super custom that plunged into River Nabuyonga while heading to Kabwangasi sub-county in Butebo district for an introduction ceremony.
Hassan Kasadha, who was due for an introduction, says the dead included his best man Richard, Mugumya, and their sister Prossy. According to Kasadha, he traveled from Kampala to Mbale on Saturday morning ahead of his colleagues with the aim of booking a guest house, and they kept on communicating until 11:00 PM when communication was cut off.
Some of the victims earlier identified include Private Sam Chemendwa from the 53rd UPDF Battalion under the 3rd Division, Jane Nekesa, a university student, Doreen Tamunonza from Kamuli district, Babra Kalayi, and Rukia Kalayi, both members of the same family, and Yadi Farouk, all residents of Northern Division in Mbale City.
Meanwhile, residents in Mbale City got bitter with the Police for failing to provide equipment to retrieve the vehicle from the water. The residents were seen struggling to retrieve the super custom from the river using ropes. A police breakdown that was brought later broke down. Muhammad Khauka, one of those involved in the search for the bodies says it took police to respond to the incident.
Major rivers in Mbale such as Nabuyonga, Namatala, Namabale, and Nashibiso burst their banks resulting in flooding.