KAMPALA: The government has pledged to give 5 million shillings to each of the families of the people whose bodies have been recovered following floods in Mbale City last weekend.
Ahamada Washaki, the Mbale City Resident Commissioner, says the President has directed that each family be given 5 million for each body that has been retrieved.
He said the Prime Minister, Robina Nabanjja, asked him to inform the public that the government would give the money to help with the burial arrangements. Twenty bodies have been retrieved and 5000 families displaced in Mbale City following the floods that hit the city on Saturday night through to Sunday morning after rivers Namatala, Nabuyonga, Nashibiso, and Nambale filled to capacity and burst their banks.
According to Washaki, the authorities are still compiling the list of the victims and identifying the rest of the bodies.
Kassim Namugali, Mbale City Mayor, said that over 80 households were damaged and hundreds of them have been affected by the floods.