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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

A Hundred Homes Flooded in Kampala Shower

About 100 homes in the city suburb of Busaabala in Masajja zone were yesterday flooded after a heavy afternoon downpour, destroying most property.
Other parts of the citycentre, which werealso floodedin thedownpour included the area near the Electoral Commission Head office on Jinja Road, Clock Tower, near the Fire Brigade offices, and near Mukwano Industries in Industrial Area.

No deaths or injuries were reported.

In Busaabala, residents had to battle the heavy rain that started at around 2:00pm, and lasted about two hours. They used various utensils, including basins and saucepans and buckets to scoop water out of their houses.

The most affected area is in a valley and lacks a proper drainage channel. Regina Batabe, a resident, asked the Government to come to their rescue.

"We need treated mosquito nets. This is a breeding ground for mosquitoes," she said.

Deus Bamanya, the acting assistant commissioner for data processing in the department of meteorology, recently warned of heavy rains beginning mid-August.

He said the Mt. Elgon areas, north-eastern and northern regions were likely to receive above normal rainfall, while the south-western and central regions were expected to receive below normal rainfall during the same period.

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