At least three children died after devastating floods swept away structures at Kisizi hospital in Rukungiri district.
About 200 patients are admitted at Kisiizi hospital in the western district of Rukungiri are stranded after the wards got submerged in flood waters.
The rains that lasted three days have left the hospital infrastructure and compound all covered in water.
Kate Rwomushana, the In-charge nurse the rains that started on Saturday night forced them to move patients to the stairs after all their beds were submerged.
Dr. Francis Banya the gynecologist says their biggest challenge now is the lack of running water as all water pipes were destroyed by the rains.
He adds that the water entered the power house and the electricity went off, causing the death of three babies that were on oxygen.
James Hatang’Imana the LC1 Chairperson of Mburabuturo village in Nyakabande Sub County says the rain went on for about two hours but left a large trail of destruction.
Two children of a family, identified only as Confidence and Flavia were washed away by the floods, he said, and so far one body had been found by Thursday morning.
It is reported that the children who died were on oxygen when floods cut off electricity following a heavy downpour yesterday Monday afternoon.
The Kisizi Hospital Administrator Dr Moses Mugume has confirmed this incident which he described as very unfortunate.
The most hit were the Children’s ward, the surgery ward and men’s ward.
Dr Mugume who was crestfallen said that the hospital has never experienced such floods in its history of more than 50 years.
The floods which have hit the hospital since Friday last week are a result of 4 days heavy nonstop rains in the area.
Rukungiri RDC Martin Mugabi has said that they have reported the disaster to the Prime Minister office and an emergency management rescue team has arrived in the district to handle the situation.
Kisizi Hospital which is found in the low lands of Kigezi mountainous area has become prone to floods due to the topography of the soils.
It’s reported that the fast running waters have from hilly areas of Nyakishenyi are responsible for the floods at Kisizi Hospital.
Dr Mugume however has said that patients in the affected wards have been rescued to safety.
Although Kisizi Hospital generates its own Hydro Electric power, it was heavily interrupted by the floods which caused the power blackout.
This comes just less than a week when Three people in Kisoro district were confirmed dead and several gardens and houses destroyed in the heavy rainfall that pounded the district on Wednesday evening.