More than 10 dead in Uganda floods


Police have temporarily suspended the search for a missing three-year-old girl who was swept away in flash floods in Alexandra. City authorities insist the flooding is due to excessive rain and not substandard infrastructure.

KAMPALA – Rainstorms in western Uganda caused flooding that swamped houses, killing at least 13 people including two babies, police said on Wednesday.

Rubanda district police commander Ramathan Tai said officers in the rural town of Nfasha recovered seven bodies during a heavy rainstorm on Tuesday night and found six more the following day.

"There are reports of some people missing, but we are yet to establish the number as some homes were washed away during the rainstorm," Tai said.

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"The bodies so far recovered include two babies, three women and eight men whom we suspect were in houses when the storm hit," he said.

Rubanda and neighbouring districts in western Uganda have been hit with heavy rainstorms over the last week.

Local media reported the death of two infants after floodwaters inundated a hospital in nearby Rukungiri district last week.