Ugandan marine officer ‘drowns while on rescue mission’

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by bbcafrica

A Ugandan marine officer drowned over the weekend as he tried to rescue a civilian in the floods, according to the Daily Monitor newspaper.

Sgt Godfrey Mwondha, a marine officer with the Uganda People’s Defence Forces, was among five people who were washed away by floods in Kampala, the newspaper reports.

The officer was swept away while on the mission and his body recovered at Mbuya Katoogo swamp, the Daily Monitor reports.

Heavy rains continue to pound East Africa with hundreds reported to have died and thousands displaced.

A Twitter user shared a video of the floods in Kampala on Saturday: