Bodies of Oliver Nyiramutuzo, 28, Flora Nyamishana, 36 and Richard Ngabirano, 17, all residents of Mugambira village in Nteko parish in Nyabwishenya sub-county were swept away by landslides on Wednesday afternoon following a heavy downpour which lasted for more than three hours.
Nyiramutuzo and Nyamishana were killed while weeding in a millet garden while Ngabirano was swept away by the waters as grazed goats during the downpour. Paul Bahinyoza, a resident says that bodies were recovered on Thursday evening stuck in the mud along the base of River Rwafi which flows into the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
Elly Maate, the police spokesperson for Kigezi region says that bodies of the deceased have been handed over to relatives for burial. Maate calls for vigilance among members of the public to immediately vacate landslide and flood-prone areas to safer places.
Early this month, a three-year-old boy from Kashambya sub-county in Rukiga district was also swept away by running waters during a heavy downpour.
In September, the Uganda National Meteorological Authority (UNMA) indicated that most parts of the country would have above-normal rainfall, according to the Uganda Outlook for September to December 2019 Rainfall Forecast Bulletin.