Three bodies have so far been recovered as rescuers continue searching for the bodies of five people who drowned in Lake Bisina early this week. A boat carrying eleven people capsized on Monday in Omatenga village as it attempted to cross from Katakwi to Kumi district during a stormy weather.
A boat carrying eleven people capsized on Monday in Omatenga village as it attempted to cross from Katakwi to Kumi district during a stormy weather.
By Midday on Thursday, a joint team of the police, Uganda Red Cross Society and local divers had recovered three bodies from the water.
Benjamin Tukei, the Kumi Branch Manager of Uganda Red Cross Society who is overseeing the rescue efforts, says two bodies were recovered in morning bringing the number recovered so far to three. He identified the bodies which were recovered on Thursday as that of 25-year-old Beatrice Akello and her child who is yet to be identified.
Tukei says a three year-old boy was rescued yesterday from the water but died minutes later as he was being taken to Ongino Hospital in Kumi.
The bodies were by 1pm on Thursday still in the water as the rescue team waited for the police from Kumi to take the bodies for a postmortem. Tukei says they could not remove the bodies from the water before the police arrived for fear that they would smell if left under the hot sunshine. He blames the accident on overloading. The canoe was carrying eleven passengers, two bicycles and a bag of charcoal.
Stephen Okiria, a relative to four of the victims who perished in the accident, says only a body of a child has so far been delivered for burial in Kachumbala. He says the late Beatrice Akello was on her way back to Kachumbala with her four children when they perished in the accident.
Meanwhile six survivors of the accident have been discharged from Ongino Hospital where they were admitted.
Kumi leaders led by Teso Affairs Minister Christine Amongin Aporu recently tasked the Minister of Works John Byabagambi during his tour in Teso, to explain the whereabouts of the ferry that President Yoweri Museveni promised the people of Teso during last year’s presidential campaigns. Amongin told Byabagambi that a number of people have lost their lives while trying to cross from Katakwi to Kumi using canoes.
In response, Byabagambi said a ferry for Lake Bisina is being assembled in Entebbe.
Residents of Kumi and Katakwi risk their lives crossing Lake Bisina to avoid incurring the high transport costs of traveling by road through Katakwi-Soroti then to Kumi.