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Mbale City Floods: Death toll rises to 22

By Darren Kyobe

11 more bodies have so far been retrieved this morning by residents in Mbale District following the weekend heavy rain that triggered flooding and landslides in Bugisu and Sebei sub-regions.

The bodies were recovered from River Nabuyonga in Mbale City Industrial Division.

The deceased were traveling in a super custom, which plunged into the river following the heavy rains that pounded the town on Saturday evening.

Unconfirmed reports show that the deceased were heading to Kabwangasi sub-county in Butebo district from Kampala for an introduction ceremony.

Recovery of their bodies brings to 22, the number of bodies recovered following the Saturday night disaster.

The Mbale City Resident Commissioner, Ahamda Washaki on Sunday told the Prime Minister that there are fears that many more people could have died from the floods and are their bodies still in the water. He said that there is a need to deploy the Police Marine Unit to search for the missing bodies.

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