Uganda police marines and air force have rescued 16 people trapped on three submerging islands on Lake Kyoga in the central part of the country following heavy rains, a spokesperson said here on Thursday.

Emilian Kayima, Uganda’s police spokesperson, said in a statement the police air force rescued families who were trapped on submerging islands on the lake in Nakasongola and Kayunga districts.

“Our helicopter was flown to these three islands rescuing all the 16 people trapped on these islands with a possibility of sinking as the water levels kept rising and the winds blowing severely,” said Kayima.

He urged people residing in water logged areas to take extra care and report to police any incidents of drowning.

In another incident caused by heavy rains, Kayima said the police on Thursday morning rescued three people whose boat was swept off at River Ssezibwa in the central district of Buikwe on Wednesday. He said two of the occupants of the boat were rescued on Wednesday before nightfall interrupted the rescue mission.

Uganda is experiencing a heavy rain season causing floods and landslides in some areas.

Last weekend at least five people were killed in parts of central Uganda following a heavy downpour that triggered flooding.

Last month at least 46 people were killed by landslides in the mountainous eastern district of Bududa following torrential rains. Enditem

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