4 December 2012

Uganda: Tears As Girl Is Washed Away By Rain Water

The body of a 6-year old girl who was washed away on Monday by rain water in Ggogonya Zone, Nsambya, is still missing.

Joan Nsereko, a primary one pupil of Shiperoy Nursery & Primary School, was swept away by rain water following an afternoon downpour as she attempted to pick an empty bottle from a trench behind their house.

Her friends with whom they were playing rushed to report to their auntie, Maria Nakijoba, who was fetching rain water following the downpour.

She rushed and informed the area defence secretary, Joseph Waliggo, who commissioned a search for the girl's body.

Residents traversed bushes and shrubs submerged by gushing rain water in search of the little girl's body in vain. All the while the search party came across carcasses of dogs and refuse in polyethylene paper.

The girl's mother Juliet Nagawa, who runs an eating joint in town, was alerted upon which she got a bodaboda and rushed to join the search party.

However, as the evening wore on and dusk set, hopes of finding the little girl, dead or alive, begun to wane. All the while Nagawa kept wailing at the loss of her daughter whom she said was abandoned by her father.

The drainage channel in which the girl ended up runs from Katwe through Nkere, Nabisaalu Zone, Ggogonya-Nsambya, Kirombe, Nabutiti to Kansanga and empties at Ggaba in the lake.

The search party followed the drainage Tuesday morning all the way to Ggaba, but their efforts yielded nothing.

Kabalagala DPC SP) Francis Chemosto said he contacted the fire brigade for help but nothing much could be done. By the time of filing this story, the search for the body was still on.

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