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Kasese Floods Cut Off Tourists

Rains that have pounded Rwenzori region for close to a week, causing devastating floods in parts like Kasese District, have dealt a blow to the tourism industry in the area.

The region is home to national parks, crater lakes, hot springs among other attractions.

Last week, River Nyamwamba in Kasese district burst its banks and triggered floods killing 8 people and displacing about 3,000 residents.

As a result, a sizeable number of tourists have cancelled their planned trips to various tourism sites in the region because they fear being trapped by the floods.

Mr Nelson Guma, the conservation manager, who is in charge of Queen Elizabeth Game Park and Rwenzori Mountain national park, says the floods have cut off the popular route at Kilembe which tourists use on their way to climb Rwenzori Mountains.

Mr Guma says several small bridges that lead tourists to the mountains have also been washed away by the floods.

Mr Edward Asilu, the Kibaale conservation area manager, says roads to Semuliki and Kibaale national park which are popular chimpanzee tracking sites are soggy and impassable.

Last week, students of Seeta High School, Nalya Secondary School and Kings College Budo who were in Kasese on a study tour were trapped by the floods at Kilembe Mines.

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