Water shortage hits Mbale as floods destroy pipelines

An acute water shortage has hit Mbale Municipality for the past three days following floods, which damaged the National Water and Sewage Cooperation (NWSC) water pipelines.
Mr Solomon Efearael, the plant superintendent of NWSC in Mbale, confirmed to Daily Monitor on Monday that there was no water supply to the area.

“The downpour destroyed water pipes in four different water intakes that is why we do not have water supply,” he said.

“When it rained, water came with a lot of force and destroyed the pipeline system because locals have encroached on the river banks,” Mr Efearael added.

He, however, said they are working to stabilise the pipeline network so that the residents can have access to water.

The floods, which were triggered by rain in Bugisu Sub-region also destroyed crops and displaced residents settling on the stretch of River Nabuyonga in Busamaga Ward, Mbale Town.

The floods also damaged Busamage bridge and a sections of roads, including Mbale-Nkokonjeru, Bugema-Busano and Mbale-Bufumbo. It also affected Livingstone International University and Mbale Resort Hotel.


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