How 12-Year-Old Girl Drowned in Kampala Floods

Kampala City floods whenever it rains. This problem has been attributed to blocked water channels by rubbish and garbage thrown into the water trenches by locals and factories built in swamps.

At 12 years, Alyera Namazzi, perhaps had dream of living a bright future. But that her aspirations were cut short at the weekend when she perished in Kampala floods.

Like any other children who like playing under rain, Namazzi was allegedly playing with three other friends of hers just outside their parents’ homes in Nsambya Kitooro, Makindye Division, in Kampala City.

Patrick Onyango, the Kampala metropolitan police mouthpiece, said the kids’ ball fell into the trench. Namazzi being slightly the eldest of her colleagues, she tried to removed it. In the process, water suddenly increased and she was swept away.

“Its alleged that Namazzi was playing with her friends during the rain and their ball fell in the trench.
She tried to remove the ball, but the water overpowered her and swept her away.
Her body was swept up to Clock Tower, where a bodaboda rider saw it and informed the police.
Police went and retrieved the body,” Onyango said.

Namazzi’s colleagues were left dumb folded since their colleague’s life varnished in a blink of an eye. She was not the only victim of weekend down pour as Onyango explains that adult person’s body was also retrieved from the same Nakivuubo water channel. Police said as locals were helping police to retrieve Namazzi’s body, another body for an adult person appeared.

“The first body to be retrieved is of female juvenile aged 12 years, identified as Namazzi Alyera, a resident of Nsambya Kitooro, Makindye Division, Kampala Capital City. While still carrying on their work, another body appeared and it was also removed,” Onyango said.

In December last year, five people died in Kampala floods.

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Police have reechoed the warning to people to stop walking, riding and driving during heavy downpours as they cannot assess the magnitude caused by floods.