KAMPALA — Counsel Phiona Rwandarugali, an independent candidate for the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA 2022-2027) has sent a message of sympathy to the people of Elgon Region over casualties caused by heavy rainfall in Mbale City.
Counsel Rwandarugali said she was shocked to learn that the heavy rainfall in Elgon region had caused major casualties and property losses.
She extended her profound condolences over the lives lost and expressed her heartfelt sympathies to family members of the victims and the missing, as well as people in the disaster-hit region.
“To our people of the Elgon Region, I send my warm sympathies to you in these disastrous times. I pray to God to impart you with all the strength to come out of these tough times,” she said.
Rwandarugali also expressed her wishes for the speedy recovery of people injured in the disaster.
To our people of the Elgon Region, I send my warm sympathies to you in these disastrous times. I pray to God to impart you with all the strength to come out of these tough times.
— PRwandarugali (@RwandarugaliP) August 1, 2022
The death toll from floods in the eastern city of Mbale rose to 22 on Monday, with the number expected to increase further as the region reels from the heaviest rains in recent times.
Catastrophic flooding and landslides in the Eastern Region of Uganda left at least 22 dead and hundreds homeless after heavy rain caused rivers to overflow
Uganda Police Force said flooding and landslides struck following heavy rain on the slopes of Mount Elgon late on 30 July 2022.
Areas of Mbale, Kapchorwa and Sironko Districts in Eastern Region have all been severely affected.
If you're not terrified, you're not paying attention at all
For anyone unfamiliar with the region, this is Mbale in eastern Uganda. Flash floods occurred today, leaving a hundred people homeless, crops worth millions damaged,10 Confirmed dead and several bodies still missing. pic.twitter.com/74yENCIKK1
— Nyombi Morris (@mnyomb1) July 31, 2022
Houses were submerged and crops and roads wiped out.
Uganda Red Cross said several rivers including the Nabuyonga and Namatala overflowed in in Mbale District.
(Viewer Warning) @UgandaRedCross First Responder video of Ongoing flooding in Mbale . Districts of Kapchorwa, Sironko are battling active flooding:-Butaleija, Soroti, Katakwi, Amuria, Kapelebyong, Tororo on high alert. Follow @UgandaRedCross + @OPMUganda for further updates. 🚑 pic.twitter.com/gj97XWQAoM
— Brian Kanaahe™ Dr.PH (@DrBrianBilalK) July 31, 2022
According to Uganda Police Force, the floods caused extensive property damage, especially in areas of Namakwekwe and areas of Mbale City where several vehicles and an unknown number of occupants were swept away.
Mbale 7 dead, and 3 dead in Kapchorwa due to prolonged heavy rains last night that caused flooding, land slides and affected many families.@UgandaRedCross working with the community and district disaster management Committees of the affected areas to support the affected. pic.twitter.com/scDAd2Y03A
— Irene Nakasiita (MCIPR) (@inakasiita1) July 31, 2022
Uganda National Roads Authority reported floods and mudslides had cut several roads including the Mbale—Nkokonjeru Road and the Mbale—Soroti Road.
Teams from the Red Cross are working with the community and district disaster management committees of the affected areas to support the victims.
Condolences to our people in Mbale City & the greater Bugisu&Sebei regions who have lost lives, property & got displaced by heavy rains that burst river banks leaving a trail of destruction @OPMUganda @UgandaRedCross @opmdpm @Parliament_Ug @mbalecitylocal2 pic.twitter.com/qP7711SSct
— Rt. Hon. Nabbanja Robinah. PRIME MINISTER (@RobinahNabbanja) July 31, 2022
However, Red Cross said rescue efforts in some of the areas are futile since the roads are impassable.
Uganda’s Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. Nabbanja Robinah, visited Mbale to assess the damage.
— INFAMOUS MUGISU🦋🗯 (@shivan256) August 1, 2022