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Scores of passengers trapped after flashfloods sweep bus off-road in Bukedea

Survivors of the Bukedea bus crash huddle on the overturned vehicle, waiting for rescue on May 10, 2024. PHOTO | DM

Bukedea, (UG):- Tens of passengers were on Friday left nursing wounds after a Kakise bus in which they were travelling lost control and plunged into Kachumbala Bridge due to flash floods caused by heavy rains.

The bus which was headed to Soroti from Mbale was reportedly swept off the road by the fast-moving waters at Nyakoi village in Kwarikwar sub-county, Bukedea District on the afternoon.

According to Amus Police Post OC, Mr Epidu George a score of passengers sustained minor injuries with no death reported. “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 Epidu said.

“As we talk, the breakdown is trying to get the bus back on the road,” Mr Epidu said, noting the unusual nature of the accident, as the area typically lacks significant water bodies or major bridges.

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Mr Tom Okello, an eyewitness said that the full-passenger bus got stuck in a deep roadside trench after passengers managed to escape through a window. “We’ve had heavy rain since morning. The water came rushing down from the hills and crossed the road very quickly,” Okello said.

One survivor described the terrifying moments leading up to the crash.

“The bus driver tried to follow a trailer that had just crossed the flooded area. But the water was too strong, and the bus was swept off the road. Half the bus sank in, and we clung to the other half until help arrived.”

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