Yesterday November 21, 2018, a boat was swept away on River Ssezibwa due the rising waters levels after the rains of Sunday November 18, 2018.
The police was notified and we mounted an operation that rescued two till night fell. This morning, we continued the same operation that rescued the other three, all alive.
We Aldo learned of the families that were trapped at three tinny islands between the districts of Kayunga and Nakasongola. Our helicopter was flown to these three islands rescuing all the 16 people trapped on these islands with a possibility of sinking as the water levels kept rising and the winds blowing severely.
We thank the officers for a successful operation carried out, the effort and speed employed.
Equally, we want to send a message warning those that reside or work in water logged areas to take extra care as the rains fall. All must report possible incidents of drowning in case it happens to the area commander for quick intervention.
SSP Emilian Kayima
Uganda Police Force