Scores Injured as Bus Plunges into Bridge in Uganda Amid Heavy Rain

A Kakise bus carrying passengers from Mbale to Soroti District in Uganda plunged into Kachumbala Bridge due to heavy rain and floodwaters. Scores of passengers sustained minor injuries, but no deaths were reported, and they were evacuated to continue their journey.

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Scores Injured as Bus Plunges into Bridge in Uganda Amid Heavy Rain

Scores Injured as Bus Plunges into Bridge in Uganda Amid Heavy Rain

On Friday, May 10, 2024, a Kakise bus traveling from Mbale to Soroti District in Uganda plunged into Kachumbala Bridge in Nyakoi village, Bukedea District, due to heavy rain and floodwaters. The incident occurred when thebus, road, passengers, trappedwas swept off the road by fast-moving floodwaters, resulting in scores of passengers sustaining minor injuries. Fortunately, there were no reported deaths.

Why this matters: This incident highlights the vulnerability of transportation systems in regions prone to heavy rainfall and flooding, underscoring the need for improved infrastructure and emergency response planning. It also serves as a reminder of the importance of prioritizing safety measures to prevent such accidents, which can have devastating consequences for communities and economies.

The bus was carrying an unknown number of bus, road, passengers, trapped when it attempted to cross the flooded bridge in Kwarikwar sub-county. Mr. Tom Okello, an eyewitness, described the scene: "We've had heavy rain since morning. The water came rushing down from the hills and crossed the road very quickly." bus, road, passengers, trapped

Following the incident, passengers were evacuated into another bus and continued their journey to Soroti District. The OC of Amus police post, Mr. Epidu George, confirmed that the bus was stuck in a deep roadside trench after passengers escaped through a window. He stated, "I have not ascertained the number of passengers who were on board but they have been evacuated into another bus and are on their way." Mr. George added that a breakdown was sent to retrieve the bus from the trench.

This bus crash in Bukedea District highlights the dangers posed by heavy rain and floodwaters, especially in areas with inadequate road infrastructure. While it is fortunate that no lives were lost in this incident, the scores of injured passengers serve as a stark reminder of the need for improved safety measures and emergency response capabilities in the region.