Ibanda: 3 year old dies after house collapses
A three year old child has been confirmed dead and two others injured following an incident in which a house collapsed on them on Sunday night in Mpasha, Rukiri sub-county in Ibanda South County.
The deceased identified as John Byamugisha, was only three and a half years born to Peninah Kasande.
His three-month-old sister survived together with the mother who both sustained minor injuries from falling debris.
Following a heavy downpour on Sunday afternoon, the family’s wattle and mud house collapsed on the occupants at around 8.30pm.
A section of neighbours said the rains could have further weakened the house’s last anchor points and it came down in one big thud.
According to the neighbours, John Turyajuna, the father to the deceased was away at work in Nyabuhikye at the time of the horrible incident.
Marcelino Turyahabwe, an uncle to the deceased, was the first to arrive at the scene. He said the boy was removed from the debris after about 30 minutes and rushed to the nearest clinic in Mpasha trading centre.
Unfortunately, he died as they were approaching the trading centre.
Stella Maris Kansiime, the area LCI vice-chairperson, attributed the incident to the negligence of the victim’s parents saying the boy could not have died if the parents took time to safeguard the house by digging trenches to divert the water from reaching the foundation of the house.